Buttons play an important role as a design element. Stenströms has shirts and blouses with both solid and multi-coloured buttons in virtually every colour of the rainbow. The material is often galalith or mother of pearl.

Mother-of-pearl buttons

Mother-of-pearl buttons are unique, in that each button is handcrafted from natural material. The first step is to choose the right shell in relation to the colour, size and thickness of the finished button. Then, the buttons are cut, sorted and checked for quality. This is done by hand, and two techniques are used to make the holes. This is done manually with a special tool or with a machine which employs as many as eight different tools at a time. Thereafter, the buttons are polished, coloured and/or surface-coated. Finally, the buttons are polished to a glossy or matte finish.


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