The making of gloves, particularly in leather. For hand knitted woollen gloves, see the separate entry for knitting.
This craft uses products derived from animals – please read our ethical sourcing statement.
|Craft category||Leather; Textiles|
|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 20 cutting gloves and fewer than 100 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
|Minimum no. of craftspeople required||3-4 are needed to continue on a smaller scale|
- 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.
Chester Jefferies, Gillingham, Dorset, established 1936.
Cornelia James, East Sussex, established 1946.
The British Glove Company based in the South West.
An extensive list of British glove manufacturers, who undertake production in the UK can be found here.