Button History

~19th Century

Button history from anciant times to the 19th century.

The button as we know it today originated in the Germanic world of the northern part of ancient Europe. Here, people wanted clothing that was easy to remove for active lives , so they fashioned buttons from animal bones and horns. In the warmer climates of the Greek and Roman worlds, however, clothing was worn loose and fixed lightly with brooches, buckles, or the like. In the medieval period, the European used fewer metallic buttons than people in the Islamic world. Metallic buttons were used as decorations and luxuries by only part of the population, whereas other buttons were mostly made of natural materials like bones and horns, and seem to have been used merely for the practical purpose of opening and closing garments.

After 1400, the Renaissance civilisation saw changes in clothing fashion, and the materials used for making buttons also changed. The different kinds of buttons expanded to those made of precious materials like diamonds, gold, silver, crystal, amber etc.

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