The art of gloves making has been around for more than 300 years. It has been a long journey of transformation, from a raw piece of leather, to a pair of gloves with perfect fit and extensive handworks. The process involves 32 different stages with approximately five hours of craftsmanship to produce these true artisanal accessories.
In prior to production, one of the most crucial step is the selection of hide where only the finest hides are possible to produce such gloves. Throughout the various stages of gloves making, the leather’s elasticity is constantly being tested, so that the artisans can perform more handwork techniques, giving the gloves the perfect fit.
Similar to the art of suit making, cutting process is arguably the most important stage that determines how the gloves will fit. This process is kept only for the expert or the Master, who often makes the process look utmost simple with their years of experience.
Alright, apparently after choosing a great piece of leather, the gloves are not cut until the Master gives material a decent stretching. This step is crucial to ensure that elasticity of the leather is evenly distributed across its surface, preventing the material from over shrinkage in the later making stage. Applying a layer of chalk to smoothen leather, then, using the edge of the table, the Master holds the hide against the smooth edge and repeatedly pulling in downward motion. With his experience, he uses constant pressure to prevent tearing the material and only stop when the leather is stretched flat to its maximum. This is also a good opportunity to inspect the surface of the leather before placing the gloves pattern.
Finally, after the intensive stretching process, the Master can begin his cutting work. The gloves are cut carefully by hand according to the measurement of the pattern. It is a highly technical stage that requires the Master to choose the best spot on the leather, free of any defects, to craft the gloves while simultaneously, he would minimise the wastage of material. With wild animal leather such as Peccary and Carpincho, it can be costly to cut a pair of gloves since animal scars will leave many parts of leather unusable.
Upon finishing the patterns, certain gloves require extensive handworks on the details before parts are put together. For example, buttons are perforated gloves details are created by hands while some designs of driving gloves need to be reshape to create desired models
The assembling step is also called machining. The same technique is passed down for many decades to operate these antiquated machineries since there has been little development of new gloves making machines. It is not a simply job of pressing the 'buttons', just as it is labour intensive to operate a single needle sewing machine in the art of shirt making. Therefore, traditional technique allows the gloves to be made with great amount of precision that gives them a long lasting structure.
After the gloves are put together, it is time to add the killer details, which in most cases offer little margin for errors. Buttons are installed individually according to style specification. Lining is hand-inserted into the gloves by turning them inside out. The process needs to be clean and accurate so that there is little hollow space between linings and leather, giving you a more hugging fit.
The last stage of the process will make your gloves look amazing. A worker will be in charge of inspecting each pair of gloves for defects while trimming the access leather of gloves (both inside and outside), following by applying a layer of cream onto the edges for a finest finishing.
He then fills out the gloves with hand-shape metal mould so that the fingers are stretched and wrinkles are iron out. Literally, iron, with low heat, is used to eliminate stubborn creases the surface. A large metal trident-like clip is placed between the fingers for a period to hold the gloves in shape while the thumbs are carefully pressed.
There you go! Every pair of gloves are crafted with love and care, before they arrived in the last pair of hands, your hands. I hope you would wear the hell out of them and let them age with grace.
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