The making of gloves, particularly in leather. For hand knitted woollen gloves, see the separate entry for knitting.
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|Historic area of significance||Yeovil, Somerset|
|Area currently practised||Gillingham, Dorset, Warminster, Somerset|
|Origin in the UK||1800s|
|Current no. of professionals (main income)||Probably fewer than 10 cutting gloves and fewer than 50 individuals making gloves in total.|
|Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
|Current no. of trainees||unknown|
|Current total no. serious amateur makers
|Current total no. of leisure makers
- Hand sewing
- Machine sewing – full pique, half pique, prixseam, inseam, brosser
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
- Ageing workforce
- A lack of willing local apprentices prepared to train in glove making
- Competition from low cost countries
- A limited supply of local raw material suppliers
- Limited local maintenance services for machinery
Craftspeople currently known
- Riina Oun
Dents of England, Warminster, established 1777.
Pittards, Yeovil, established 1822.
Southcombe Gloves, Somerset and Dorset, established 1847.
Cornelia James, East Sussex, established 1946.