At the same time in ancient Egypt symbolized the gloves of status, so they have become a favorite accessory of the pharaohs. In addition, the ancient Egyptians and Romans before the meal wore special naperstniki not to burn your fingers hot dishes.
Women also wear gloves for cosmetic procedures. They smeared hands oils and incense, and put gloves on top of a thin fabric. However, they were not at all similar to modern gloves, and more like a bag that pulls the ropes on the wrist.
Only to the XII-th centenary gloves became constant accessory ladies' clothes. They symbolized luxury, power, a kind of nobility opposed to commoners. It was during this period of time the gloves were decorated by skilled hand embroidery and even precious stones.
In chivalric environment gloves purchased special symbol of dignity. And get a glove on the ladies was considered a sign of its location and hope for the next meeting. Not accidentally fashionista prefer to leave them a modicum of their spirits.
For nearly two hundred years, since the XVII century, the undisputed leader for the production of the original models of women's gloves were French. Although with time and technology of cutting and decorating mastered Spanish, English, German, Russian. It is interesting that until the beginning of the XIX century gloves sewn and decorated by hand. In the same period in vogue Gloves Laika, which was made from the skin of newborn lambs.
Length gloves varied depending on the length of sleeve: the shorter the sleeve the longer the glove. For a woman of noble position was considered bad form to go outside without gloves. Moreover, it was believed to change gloves several times per day. Hence the famous phrase "to change anything, like a glove."
At the beginning of the XX century and up to the 30s women's gloves were must-have accessory this lady, along with stockings and hats. But the second half of the century was "fatal." In 1968, the gloves were considered a symbol of hypocrisy and posturing. After twenty years, they are back in fashion, to protect women's hands from the cold and at the same time become a fashion accessory.