Museum Collection
Museum Collection

Covered Hands… History of Gloves

Musée Beaulne, 96 rue de l’Union, Coaticook, Québec, Canada, J1A 1Y9

A costume accessory used since Antiquity, the glove has had uses and functions according to eras and social circles. The exhibit: Covered Hands… History of Gloves provides an overview of the subject.

Already in ancient Egypt, gloves were a popular costume accessory. Archaeological excavations have uncovered the remains of a pair of gloves in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

From the 17th century, gloves became a marker of social status, important objects revealing the wealth of the wearer. Just wearing gloves came with a long list of "rules" women were expected to follow. Victorian etiquette books advised women to "never go out without gloves."

Over time and with the exception of some ceremonial uniforms, wearing gloves as a costume accessory has become rare. They are mainly used for protection and safety purposes in many spheres: the health sector, the sports sector and the very diverse universe of trades.

This exhibition presents gloves made from a multitude of materials and styles while highlighting their context of use and their era.

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