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All Gloved Up's Glove Glossary

A quick guide to the terms used on this site:  
Leather types, parts of gloves and a few points of interest.



Button Length - the length of the glove between the base of the thumb and the hem.  The higher the button length, the further the cuff comes over the wrist.


Cabretta Leather - another name for leather from a Hairsheep, so called as it grows hair instead of a woolly fleece.  The soft but durable hide is used by the best makers.  Primarily sourced from herds in Ethiopia and Nigeria,  the majority of our gloves use this fine quality.

Capeskin - Leather sourced from the South African Hairsheep. Buttery Soft and Flawless.

Carpincho - leather sourced from the Agentine Capybara.  Prized for its velvety feel and distinctive natural marking

Cashmere - knitted into inner gloves and used as lining for both men's and women's gloves.  Light and very warm due to the unique thermal properties of this rare fibre.  The fibre can ony be sourced from the plateaux of central Asia.

Cowhide - normally too thick and stiff to be used for fine gloves, but used where protection is vital:  Welding etc.

Chamois - originally sourced from the alpine Chamois antelope, but now more commonly from lambskin.  Occasionally used as glove lining.  This makes very warm, but expensive gloves, as you essentially have two leather gloves in one.


Deerskin - All our deerskin is sourced from North America - the finest available.  Very hard wearing, yet incredibly soft.  The hide has a distinctive graining which makes it most attractive.  Used mainly for men's gloves as the greater thickness of the leather requires outseam stitching, a feature used more for men's glove styles.

Dents - a British glove manufacturer holding the Prince of Wales's Royal Warrant.  They have been making gloves since 1777.



Fourchettes - the side panels of the fingers.  They can be made in contrast colours or leathers to great effect.



Hairsheep - our most popular glove leather.  Very fine hides from a sheep that grows hair instead of a woolly fleece.  Soft and durable.  The hair folicles are very fine, which ensures a fine, unmarked leather.  The best hides come from Ethiopia and Nigeria.

Hand-Stitched - most popular in mens gloves, lambskin, deerskin and peccary.  It can take up to 8 hours complete one pair.


Inseam - glove seams sewn inside out so that both edges are inside when finished.  Usually found on unlined or silk lined gloves




Lamb Suede - this very soft and pliable material makes a beautiful pair of gloves.  Far finer than Pig Suede.

Lambskin - similar to Sheepskin, the suede is backed by the natural fleece.  Thinner and softer than Sheepskin, it makes a finer pair of gloves in our opinion.

Leather - a by-product of the food, wool and dairy industry.  When we use leather as a genric term for our gloves, we refer to hairsheep leather - see Hairsheep or Cabretta.





Peccary - is the World's rarest and most luxurious gloving leather.  Difficult to sew, it normally requires stitching by hand.  Very hard wearing.  See also Carpincho.

Pig Suede - less fine than lamb suede, but more cost effective.  Not our first choice for suede, but useful for fashion colours.

Pittards - much of the leather for our gloves comes from Pittards, one of the world's premier glove tanneries.

Pique Stitch - overlapping seam with one edge showing.  Used mainly for womens gloves.

Points - hand-sewn darts running long the top of the glove, normally in threes, but occasionally just one

Prix Seam - both edges are together and showing, stitched on the outside.  Used for men's gloves.


Quirks - diamond shapes pieces sewn in as the webs of the fingers.  Not always necessary, but a sure sign of a high quality maker.



Sheepskin - Also called Shearling.  Widely used for casual gloves and slippers (Ugg for instance).  The natural wool lining is from the fleece on the sheep.  Heavier and firmer than slink lambskin.

Silk - knitted silk is used to line both men's and women's gloves.  It is particularly helpful in women's gloves as the knitted construction will not ladder or run if caught on a ring.

Slink Lamb - Another term for lambskin.  The best comes from New Zealand.  More expensive than sheepskin as it is softer and lighter, and in our opinion makes a much finer product, more akin to normal leather gloves.  See lambskin.


Tranks - the basic unsewn glove shape cut with a die or by hand

Thickness - Before cutting, each skin is measured for thickness.  Generally, a heavier leather (1mm to 1.25mm) is used for men's gloves and a lighter weight (0.5mm to 0.75mm used for women's gloves.




Whip Stitch - decorative fancy stitch occasionally used for women's gloves

Wool - spun from sheep fleece and knitted into gloves for use as linings.  Wool's natural breathability keeps the hand warm and dry.