The word thimble that concerns us now has to establish that it has its etymological origin in Latin. And it is the result of the sum of two elements:
-The noun “digitus”, which is synonymous with “finger”.
-The suffix "-al", which is used to indicate "relative to".
A thimble is a small and hollow piece which is used as finger protection during the action of sew .
When a person sew, is responsible for joining different fragments of fabric or other material by a thread that is threaded into a needle . Since the needle has a point, the seamstress or seamstress can be punctured. However, if you protect yourself with a thimble, you have the possibility of handling the needle without risk.
Thimbles are usually beakers made of metal or other rigid material, which have small notches and one opening To insert a finger The finger protected with the thimble is used to press the needle in the framework of sewing development.
At Ancient Egypt Thimbles were already used, as evidenced by the findings in various graves. At that time it was leather thimbles. In various countries In addition, ancient thimbles of ivory, bronze and bone were found.
About its history we can establish that in the Iberian Peninsula there are already documented Islamic thimbles from what was the caliphate stage. Specifically, where they have been able to find and document a greater number of these sewing objects is in the Al-Ándalus deposits.
Precisely in the Alhambra Museum you can admire a large number of thimbles rescued from that time and they are basically of two types:
-The thimbles of albardería, saddlery and saddlery. They were those that were used to carry out the manufacture of belts, chairs, espadrilles, garrisons for horses, esparto objects ... Precisely for the work in which they were used they stand out for being longer and also for being performed with very resistant materials and with great hardness.
-The tailoring and sewing thimbles that, as their name indicates, are those used to carry out the manufacture of clothing. Compared to the previous ones, they are characterized by being shorter, finer and more rounded.
Of course, all these thimbles have the particularity that they are composed of three distinct parts from top to bottom: the apex, the belly and the base.
There are also the artistic thimbles which, made with ceramics, have drawings or prints. Many times these thimbles present some image and inscription of a city and they are sold by way of memory .
The diversity and richness of thimbles make them collectibles. There are people who look for, preserve and exchange these products as hobby .
Child thimbles or foxglove Finally, they are common names of the plant whose scientific name is Digitalis thapsi .