What is thimble?

What Does thimble Mean

The word thimble that we are dealing with now, we have 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”, used to indicate “relative to”.

A thimble is a small, hollow piece that is used to protect the finger during sewing .
When a person sews, they are responsible for joining different pieces of fabric or other material using a thread that is threaded through a needle . Since the needle is pointed, the sewing kit can become pricked. However, if you protect yourself with a thimble, you can safely handle the needle.
Thimbles are usually goblets made of metal or other rigid material, which have small notches and an opening to insert a finger. The finger protected with the thimble is used to press the needle during the seam development.

In ancient Egypt and thimbles were used, as it is clear from the findings in several graves. By then they were leather thimbles. Ancient ivory, bronze and bone thimbles were also found in various countries .
Regarding its history, we can establish that in the Iberian Peninsula there are already documented Islamic thimbles from what was the Caliphate period. Specifically, where the greatest number of these seam objects have been found and documented is in the Al-Andalus sites.
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 the ones used to make belts, saddles, espadrilles, horse trims, esparto objects ... Precisely because of the tasks in which they were used, they stand out for being longer and also for being made with very resistant materials and with great hardness.

-The tailoring and sewing thimbles that, as their name indicates, are those that were used to carry out the manufacture of clothing. Compared to the previous ones, they are characterized by being shorter, thinner and more rounded.

Of course, all these thimbles have the peculiarity that they are made up of three different parts from top to bottom: the apex, the belly and the base.
There are also artistic thimbles that, made with ceramics, have drawings or prints. Many times these thimbles present an image and inscription of a city and are sold as a souvenir .
The diversity and richness of thimbles make them collectibles. There are people who search, keep and trade these products as a hobby .
Finally, child thimbles or foxglove are common names of the plant whose scientific name is Digitalis thapsi .

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