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Glove making

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.

This craft uses products derived from animals – please read our ethical sourcing statement.


Status Endangered
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


Local forms




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



Other information