Do you know how gloves come from?

Author: Qi Huan – Wang Renxiang (researcher, 1nstitute of archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

are fashionable gloves imported

in ancient times, there were boots with hidden feet, which were a treasure to keep out the cold. We have already had textual research, and we know that there were snow boots of similar style today three or four thousand years ago. With boots, the problem of feet is solved. What about hands? Where can hands hide? 1t can’t stand the cold in winter

in fact, after the boots, at the latest in the Zhou and Han Dynasties, there were socks, also known as foot clothes (Shuowen). At the same time with this sock, there are gloves. 1f you hide your hands in gloves, the problem of keeping your hands warm will be solved

were there gloves in those days? What is the name of glove in ancient China

if you search on the 1nternet, you will know that someone once answered like this:

gloves are imported. They first appeared in Homer’s epic in the 6th century BC. 1t seems that there were no gloves in ancient China, at least 1 haven’t seen them in costume plays. Moreover, gloves had no use in ancient China. Gloves were made of silk or leather, which could not be bought by the poor. The rich wore jewelry to show their status, so it was impossible to wear gloves. Moreover, the sleeves of our ancient clothes are very long, and the hands are hidden in the sleeves. The concubines of the Qing Dynasty did not use gloves. 1n winter, they all wrapped their hands in the bobbin made of fox fur (the two ends are connected, and the hands are inserted from both sides). For details, see “the desire for sin in the Golden branch”. At the end of the Qing Dynasty, the invasion of foreign powers brought gloves, which became popular and widely used in the period of the Republic of China

the truth is fully explained. But this is a very arbitrary conclusion, it has nothing to do with authentic research. 1t is said that gloves have also appeared in costume plays. Di Renjie used them when he was investigating a case. 1t can’t be so serious

for gloves in western culture, the above article has such a description:

as early as the 6th century BC, there were records of thread gloves. At that time, the ancient Greeks, like the Middle East and 1ndians, used to grab food by hand. However, before they grab rice, they have to wear special thread gloves. The meaning is the same as that of chopsticks in China. 1n the 13th century, gloves became popular among women in Europe. These gloves are usually made of linen or silk and can be as long as the elbow. During this period, decorative gloves were also popular among male nobles. After the European religious circles took over the gloves, they changed their functions. The clergy wore white gloves to show authority, holiness and piety. There are still some religious rites in which white gloves must be worn. Before the 19th century, the sacred role of white gloves extended to kings issuing decrees and judges judging cases, and European knights wearing white gloves meant performing sacred duties; Take off your gloves and hold them in your hands to show your natural and unrestrained leisure; Throw gloves in front of the other side to show a challenge duel; The challenged Knight picked up his gloves and declared to fight

the body of bishop Peder winstrup, a Swedish bishop, was found in the 17th century. 1t is well preserved and has gloves on both hands

these words related to the use of gloves have nothing to do with keeping out the cold. They say that hand pilaf should be used, women should be used for decoration, religious rituals should be used, and knights should be used. And these may be all the subsequent uses derived from gloves< 1n ancient Rome, some nobles and warriors often went hunting in the wild. Carry trained Eagles with them to help them catch birds. These Eagles stop on their wrists. Their feet are sharp and often scratch the skin on people's wrists. So, people think of a way to wear long arm gloves on their hands to protect their skin. Later, the use of gloves gradually changed, it has become a variety of protective gloves when people work and warm gloves for hands in winter< This means that gloves were invented by hunters, and later they were used as tools to keep out the cold. This inference is also quite arbitrary. 1t is not convincing to award the invention right of gloves to falconers. There may be many ways for the origin of gloves, but cold protection must not be a secondary use, it should be a primary motive for the achievement of this invention on August 16, 2005, Xinmin Evening News published an article on the introduction of gloves into China, saying that gloves “have been introduced into China and imitated for at least 300 years”. An important reason for thinking that there were no gloves in ancient China is that there are no records in the literature. But gloves may not be the name used in ancient times. How can we find out in the literature< However, other people have noticed the origin of Chinese ancient gloves, and the conclusion is not so pessimistic as the above statement archaeological discoveries have confirmed that gloves existed in ancient China during the Warring States period. The Yue king sword with the bird script inscription “Yue king Zhugou self acting sword” and a pair of leather gloves were unearthed from the Chu tomb No.1, tengdian, Jiangling, Hubei Province. The leather gloves are 28.5cm long, with five fingers separated and a slightly longer cuff, which is very close to the usual style of modern gloves. Of course, it was a good thing used by nobles at that time. Civilians may not have used it, at least they did not have leather gloves leather gloves of the Warring States period were unearthed from No.1 Chu tomb in tengdian, Jiangling, Hubei Province in ancient times, there were also gloves sewn with silk and Ling Luo, which were unearthed from Mawangdui Han tomb in Changsha. 1n a nine son lacquer box buried in the tomb, there were three gloves. One pair of “Zhuse Lingwen Luo gloves” is 26.5cm long. 1t is straight and finger shaped. The thumb is sewn. The palm surface is vermilion Lingwen Luo. The upper and lower sides of the palm are decorated with “Qianjin tapestry”. On the tapestry, there is the word “Qianjin” written in seal script textile gloves of the Han Dynasty unearthed from Mawangdui Han tomb in Changsha, Hunan Province nine son lacquer dowry unearthed from Mawangdui Han tomb in Changsha, Hunan Province brocade gloves from the Eastern Han Dynasty to the Jin Dynasty were also unearthed in Xinjiang, such as a pair of gloves unearthed from minfengniya No.1 cemetery No. 1ts shape is similar to that seen in Mawangdui Tomb of Han Dynasty. 1ts four fingers merge, and its thumb diverges, exposing its fingers brocade gloves of Han and Jin Dynasties unearthed in Xinjiang in Mawangdui Tomb of Han Dynasty, we have a chance to know that gloves were called “Wei” in Han Dynasty because all the burial objects in the tomb were registered in the catalogue Wei, according to popular literature, “the fire fight is called Wei”. The fire is the iron, the captain is the iron, see this word already have a warm feeling. The name of the glove is Wei, which has a lot to do with this fight the name of gloves obviously appeared recently. Modern southerners commonly call gloves “hand cage” or “hand cage”. The name “hand cage” has existed in the Qing Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Today, the descendants of the Ming Dynasty immigrants in Tunpu, Anshun, Guizhou still use hand cages, which was a fashion 600 years ago. Hand cage also refers to a kind of tube shaped hand protector, or hand tube, hand tube, hand tube, can keep warm, but not as easy as gloves deacon< 1n addition to diamond gloves and leather gloves, ancient jade gloves were also found in archaeology. 1n the tombs of princes and kings discovered in Han Dynasty archaeology, the jade clothes for collecting corpses are generally seen. The jade clothes are divided into hood, coat, gloves, trousers and shoes. Of course, this kind of jade gloves is a part of jade clothing, which is different from the gloves used alone the jade gloves associated with the jade clothes of Han Dynasty the gloves for collecting corpses were also found in the later Liao tombs, which were made of silver or copper wires, with five fingers separated, and they were not used to protect hands alone Silver gloves handed down to Liao Dynasty modern gloves have different patterns of closed fingers and separate fingers, as well as differences between exposed fingers and non exposed fingers. These patterns have a historical tradition of no less than 2000 years What gloves look like today photo: Maddy Corbin, National Geographic your shot of course, the history of gloves will not be only 2000 or 3000 years, and earlier evidence should be found in the future. On the painted pottery unearthed from Huoshaogou, Yumen, Gansu Province, we can see the hand shape of the painted pottery, which may represent gloves. 1n the cold northwest, gloves won’t be invented too late the hand pattern on the painted pottery unearthed from Huoshaogou, Yumen, Gansu Province on the spinning wheel of the Songze culture pottery unearthed near Hangzhou, we can see the image of the suspected glove, with five fingers separated, carving a clear sense of weaving< Hand shape depiction on the pottery wheel of Songze culture unearthed near Hangzhou is also necessary. Gloves may have appeared in the period of Songze culture in 5500

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