A friend from childhood who has followed my career throughout my life sent me this image on Whatsapp and asked me “Do you remember?”
These were called sutar buttons, Sutar being Gujarathi for yarn. On researching for these for writing this post, I came across and interesting post about how to crochet these buttons. Difficult now to imagine, how much effort must have gone into making these buttons in large volumes.
That one question and that image took me down memory lane to the proverbial three score and ten years ago when as a student in Class IV wearing an all white uniform daily to school. The top and bottom both had buttons like these and we had to ensure that we had all the buttons intact as we were subject to inspections by the class teacher.
I was living with my Uncle and Aunt for that one year and every time one button came off, it was a chore reattaching it and often one had to find a new one which would be slightly of a different colour than the other buttons. My Aunt would patiently teach me to sew the button on and would closely supervise the effort.
Then came plastic buttons and the game changed for ever. Much easier to sew on and also longer lasting.
I spent almost a quarter century in the Tailor Trimmer trade and during all those years, never came across these buttons anywhere but, a quarter century later, I come across these. Simply mind blowing what?
10 thoughts on “Do You Remember?”
I think buttons are sewn onto clothes more securely these days. I can’t remember the last time I had to resew a button. Crocheting buttons sounds incredibly tedious!
These were pre plastic button days. The present day crocheted buttons are for style only apparently.
Interesting, I’ve never seen those. Honestly, I wish more clothing was fastened with snaps.
Now of course, they use velcro!
Here’s another button for you to look at Dorset Button
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Wow! Hadn’t heard of them ever before. Thank you for the information Catherine.
Thank you Kaitlin. I found it to be so too.
Those would have been tedious to crochet. I find too many buttons now are too small for my liking to easily work in and out of the buttonhole.
I think so too. Since I wear Indian native dress only, I do not have much problems with buttons.
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