97 tribal buttons on old decorative fabric strip. This piece is a decorative element taken from old tribal clothing, accessories, animal trapping or other similar item.
Fabric Strip Size: About 23" long by 1.75" wide
Number of Buttons: 97 - 83 dome/stud buttons, 14 small stamped buttons
Materials: Fabric, old trims, mixed metal buttons
Fabric Color: Super faded, presently a brownish color
Button color: Silvery to slightly brassy
Button Finish: Unpolished
Buttons Size: Various
Fabric strip of 97 tribal buttons - 83 dome buttons and 14 small stamped tribal buttons. The entire piece is 23 inches long and about 1.5 inches wide. Due to the handmade nature of this item, it will vary a bit along its length. This piece has probably been removed from old tribal clothing. Button metal color is silvery to slightly brassy and unpolished. Fabric color is currently a brownish hue, but was probably once a vibrant red or purple. My thoughts are that this piece was used to add decoration to the edge of a large belled sleeve on a coat or dress. This fabric strip is very old and is somewhat dusty/dirty. While not particularly thin or flimsy, it should probably not be used alone as a strap or belt. Instead it should be used as the tribal people do, as a decorative element added to an existing piece.
Typically tribal adornment of this type is made by layering fabric together, adding trim and buttons and then sewing this separate piece to the finished article of clothing. Once the item of clothing is worn out and needs to be replaced, the decorative pieces would be removed and transferred to a new item, or the buttons used to make a new element that would then be sewn to a new article of clothing.
Please note: These are USED pieces that have previously adorned tribal clothing, accessories, household goods, animal trappings or other items. They are hand-assembled. These buttons may have small flaws such as shanks being off center, small dents, or the edges may be bent or curled. Fabrics may be frayed, dusty, dirty, faded or torn and may smell of spices, animals, smoke, or incense. These items are brought to you directly from the tribal areas where they were made and are in the condition we have received them in.