Buttons made from coconut shell have been around for centuries, but they’ve become more unique in the past decade or two. They’ve gone from natural colored, simple disk shaped shirt buttons, to large dyed and carved showpieces. We like how an organic material can be made a work of art so easily.
Our newest coconut button is Meander:
Smoothed down to a concave disk and richly dyed in tones of mustard, olive and rhubarb, this large button is eched with a linear formation of tiny circles. The design reminds us of the classic Greek key motif, or a maze. Both the colors and the styling of this natural beauty drew us in.
Mehndi is my personal favorite of our coconut buttons.
I just love the allover paisley-like laser etching, and the rich colors. The design reminds me of the traditional henna tattoos worn on the hands of Indian women.
Another large coconut button in our collection is Maya.
This large button is made a bit differently. The rounded (convex) side is the right side of the button. It’s cut quite thick, and left somewhat rough. Then it is carved with rectangular motifs. The final coating of golden paint-like color makes the texture come alive.
A bit smaller in size, but also thickly cut, is Kera:
Etched rings of color and very large holes for sewing make this a real stand-out. Like all of our coconut shell buttons, no two of these are exactly alike. That’s what we love about buttons made from natural materials!
Flash has been given a touch of laser etching and glitter!
We love it when technological advances merge with organic products. See the laser etching that forms rays across the surface of the button? That’s so unusual! Topping the button with a sprinkle of glitter and a glossy clear coat makes it a real stunner. Who would have thought you could accomplish this with coconut?!
Carving is what makes Castaway so unique:
The basketweave design really shows off the variations in the coconut and the dye. We love this on on linens and other natural fabrications.
So, how are coconut buttons cared for? Since they are a porous, natural material, we recommend dry cleaning. It would be good to cover them with foil or button protectors first, as some of the etching could be fragile. We haven’t experimented with hand washing, but we suspect that would be ok, provided the garment isn’t soaked for any length of time. Drying off the buttons with a towel immediately after washing would help keep them from absorbing excess water. To test it first, you might try wetting the back of a button to see how it reacts with the water.
Several more coconut shell styles are available in our “Other Natural Materials Page”. Check them out to see what might work for your jacket or handknit garment!