The HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts

 

Glove making

 

The making of gloves, particularly in leather. For hand knitted woollen gloves, see the separate entry for knitting.

 

Status Endangered
Craft category Leather; Textiles
Historic area of significance Yeovil, Somerset
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
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
Current total no. serious amateur makers
Current total no. of leisure makers
Minimum no. of craftspeople required

 

History

 

Techniques

  • Hand sewing
  • Machine sewing – full pique, half pique, prixseam, inseam, brosser

 

Local forms

 

Sub-crafts

 

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

 

Support organisations

Craftspeople currently known

An extensive list of British glove manufacturers, who undertake production in the UK can be found here.

 

Other information

 

References