Gloves & Mittens
Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory

A History of Hand Knitting

Medieval Tailor's Assistant: Making Common Garments 1200-1500



Gloves appear in two sets of contexts before the 16th century: in ecclesiastical and royal/ceremonial contexts, and in scenes of outdoor labor and falconry. It is only in the very end of the 15th century, and later, that they are worn as a fashionable accessory.

I've attempted to divide up the gloves by type. For additional information on the history of gloves and their manufacture, see Gloves, their annals and associations and also these links.



MITTENS

THREE-FINGERED GLOVES (aka SPLIT MITTENS)

FIVE-FINGERED GLOVES: ECCLESIASTICAL/ROYAL CONTEXTS

FIVE-FINGERED GLOVES: FALCONRY CONTEXTS

FIVE-FINGERED GLOVES: MISCELLANEOUS OTHER CONTEXTS