In this blog post, we delve into the intricate world of processing buffalo horn buttons.
I am Yu Yamamoto, Editor of TAILORS WORLD.
About Buffalo Horn Buttons
Made from buffalo horns, these buttons often originate from Southeast Asia, primarily India. Besides buttons, buffalo horns find use in various fashion accessories like toggle buttons and buckles. The horns, continuously growing throughout a buffalo’s life, add a unique touch to clothing materials.
Surface Processing Techniques
Polishing (Glossy, Semi-Gloss, Matte)
Standard and versatile, using a drum with polygonal wooden pieces called ‘gasha’ alongside polishing agents creates different finishes. Matte surfaces give a solid impression, while glossy ones radiate elegance.
Direct flame application gives buttons a burnt appearance, enhancing the natural material’s texture and offering color variations. A sophisticated process akin to Nick Fouquet’s hat-making techniques.
Thinly shaving the inner layer enhances the button’s quality, providing a subtle matte appearance, visible to those with an eye for detail.
Surprisingly, buffalo horn buttons can be bleached. This process highlights the distinctive patterns, resulting in a unique appearance, especially in darker shades like brown and black.
Hole Size Variation
Altering hole sizes provides a simple yet effective way to change the overall look of the button.
Brands or logos can be intricately engraved onto the buttons, adding a personalized touch.
Thank you for reading. Keep in mind that these processes can lead to variations due to the natural characteristics of buffalo horn. While achieving uniformity is challenging, the distinctiveness of each button adds to their charm.
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