Let’s not forget the icing on the cake: buttons, buttons, buttons… I can really be on pins and needles about them! How early do we not teach our children to button and unbutton? Who doesn’t search for the final, ideal button as a finishing touch. This item is already 5000 years old!
They appeared on the scene without any practical use, as clothes were fastened with belts, pins or brooches.
But now believe it or not, it were the French with their “Button Makers Guild” in 1250 and their beautiful creations, that gave the button its real purpose in life. Mind you, if you were a peasant, you couldn’t afford, nor wear them. Laws were passed to limit buttons permitted for common usage! A button meant status, whether it fastened your clothes or adorned you! Never underestimate the French on this subject: France, by this time, was the button capital of Europe.
You’re button crazy, well so was Europe in those days! Ever thought of a button as being sinful? The church called them “The devil’s snare”. Even today in the USA, the Amish community doesn’t wear buttons, as they consider them a sign of pride.
Have a look at these very old buttons of my dad with a representation of a lapwing. They’re old and worn, but engraved in my heart and kept for that one special creation I’ll make one day.
Buttoning her lip now,