In addition to wood buttons, there is another type of natural buttons which are made of plant fruits, coconut buttons and corozo buttons. Coconut buttons are made of the outer shell of the tropical fruit coconut, and corozo buttons are made of corozo which is growing in Ecuador and Colombia.
Coconut shell is used to make buttons due to its strong rigidity and this kind of buttons are mainly applied to casual clothing.
- The color of this button ranges from light brown to dark brown, which is lighter before soaking and darker after soaking. Besides, two sides of buttons also differ in colors.
- The surface of buttons is dotted with spots or lines.
- They can also be dyed into various colors after bleaching.
- The weakness of the coconut button is similar to that of wood buttons.
Corozo buttons are featured with rigidity and elegance. After cutting, corozo presents a surface with charming colors and textures similar to ivory, as a result of which, corozo buttons are also regarded as plant imitation ivory buttons.
After a dozen difficulty manufacturing procedures, corozo buttons turn into a fine craftwork appealing to us by soft and simple color, natural texture, dynamic pattern and elegant sense, usually used in high-end garments.
Corozo buttons fall into two kinds depending on where they are taken. One kind of button made of the shell of nut, the surface of which shows brown patterns. While the other kind made of the inner part of nut has stripes or concentric circles on the surface.
- Don’t immerse buttons in water for long time. Coconut buttons and corozo buttons are full of plant fiber, leading to the strong water-absorbing capacity.
- Wash them gently. The color and texture of buttons are inconsistent, and the color fastness of dyed buttons is generally about grade 3.5.
- Don’t contact with strong oxidizing substance, acid or alkali to avoid cracking.
- Don’t expose buttons to sunlight directly in storage.
- Storage button in place without direct sunlight because dyed buttons are easy to fade if irradiated by ultraviolet rays.
- Store buttons in ventilated and dry place to avoid going mouldy.