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The glove is a garment, the purpose of which is to protect the hands or the product to be handled. There is a Greek legend that says that while Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, was chasing Adonis in the woods, she injured her hands on thorns. The three Graces, as soon as they heard her laments, helped her and joined some thin and light strips that they adapted to the hands of the goddess. Despite this legend it has been proven that long before the Greeks, the inhabitants of the North, exposed to the great cold, had the need to protect their hands against the rigors of snow, ice and polar winds. The famous Athenian general and historian Xenophon stated that the Persians wore mittens. The use of this accessory was very widespread among other peoples of Asia Minor, and both Etruscans and Egyptians knew of its use in ancient times. Among the inhabitants of the Nile they had a special character since they were considered attributes of the pharaoh, who was supposed to be of divine origin. In boxing, the Romans used a type of gloves that can be considered the predecessors of today's boxing gloves. They were a kind of mitts armed with straps called baskets, which inside had sheets of lead to give a more energetic blow. In the XNUMXth century, the glove was a luxury item for knights, a symbol of elegance and a distinctive of caste. During the Middle Ages, the armor of noblemen included steel mitts. At that time the tradition and the etiquette did not allow the use of gloves in the ladies. They were also a symbol of feudal investiture, a testimony of ennoblement bestowed by an emperor or by a king. In some XNUMXth century texts, such as the Cantar de Roldán, the glove played an important role, since giving a glove to a man was the same as entrusting him with a mission. Around the XNUMXth century, women began to wear gloves. Manufacturers used various materials to make them and gave them curious shapes. In its realization all kinds of skins and fabrics were used, such as velvet, suede, rabbit, lamb, kid, marten, otter, dog, wolf, fox, cat, hare, deer and buffalo. They were also adorned with buttons, lace, pearls and precious stones. In the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, Italy, France and Spain competed in the glove industry. Gloves scented with jasmine oil, amber, cedar oil, orange blossom and rose were made, which were in fashion for a long time. Among men, the idea of ​​challenge was always associated with the act of throwing down the glove. In the Middle Ages a person was not allowed to have his gloved hands in the presence of a superior. In miniatures from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, it has been possible to observe characters with gloves in hand. The use of the glove reached its peak in the late Middle Ages. The so-called liturgical gloves were part of the ornaments that were given to the new bishop at the time of his consecration.