Glove manufacturing
The skins that are destined to glove manufacturing are divided into categories according to their resistance, their quality and their softness. The glovers prepare the various parts that are needed for glove manufacturing: the hand, the thumb and the “fourchettes” – those narrow strips of leather forming the inner of a finger and unite the back with the palm.
A system of punches, called "cutting press", cut the previously mentioned pieces following prepared webs for all the different sizes. Experts then sew gloves using a machine. They carry out simple sewing processes, such as sewing buttonholes, embroideries and nervures.
The last step of the glove manufacturing process represents posing strips along the webbing, the edges, the push-buttons, and sewing up the different hems.


You will have understood by now that glove manufacturing requires a specific expertise and implies the carrying out of many different steps. Each glove requires a very specific expertise and technical know-how. The various steps are to be carried out in a precise order, operations which regulate the glove manufacturing process in order to obtain a quality product. In order for the product to fit you perfectly, qualities such as accuracy, skill and expertise are required to produce it.


Before manufacturing:
Preparing the leather: On arrival, skins (mostly sheep) are washed inside wide tanks. To remove any residual wool, tanners scrape the skins that are placed them on an easel by using a trimming knife. The processed skin is then sunk in a whitewash bath, called liming tank, for a period of 24 hours. This process will make the leather softer, fuller and lubricated. Then, the skins are cut along their width and divided in two different parts - the grain and the flesher – and set in a machine called splitting machine. The flesh-colored part is the only one that is used in oil tanning. Skins (the flesh part) are then washed of the whitewash using water, acid or bran.
Oil tanning: After passing through the fuller’s mill to get them oiled, skins are exposed to the wind for a day or two and the process is repeated five to six times. The already tanned skins then go through the pulling process that means pulling them in all directions by using a semi-circular blunt blade, fixed on a press block.
On the flesher side, the same thinning process – called fluffing – is carried out by using a glover’s knife, a large knife that looks like a spatula and which is inserted underneath the skin.
The skins that are meant to stay white are exposed to the wind and the sun, spread out on a plain. The ones that are meant to be dyed are then immersed in a coloring agent filled tank.