59 Turkoman tribal buttons on two strings.
Button Size: About 5/8 inch
Number of Buttons: 59 - 32 on one string, 27 on the other
Materials: Mixed base metals
Metal color: Brassy, slightly dark
Small variation in design, size and color. Some dents. There are a couple of coins on one string and two small dangles on the other.
59 Turkoman tribal buttons on two strings. Some variation in design, size and color. Metal loop on the back of each to allow for stringing or sewing. These buttons have been taken from old tribal clothing or accessories, bags or animal trappings. Metal color is brassy and a bit dark. These are used buttons, in good to fair condition. Buttons are tied on two metallic braided cords, and could be spaced out evenly to sew directly to your costume project. Or unstring them and sew anywhere you need a little detail.
Please note: These are USED buttons 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. Please check photos carefully for condition.
Tips for using DIY tribal buttons:
Buttons seem to be the one costuming item that puzzles people more than any other! Frequent questions are "How do you get these attached?" and "Do you need a special or curved needle?" And sometimes we even hear "I just can't get them sewn on!" The trick is to do as the tribal people themselves do! The easiest way is to braid some yarn (available in ANY color to match costuming) into a long piece. Then take a piece of cellophane tape and make an aglet (think shoelace end) on one end of the braid. Using the taped end, thread the braided yarn through the shank on the back of the button. Repeat with as many buttons as you need, then sew the braided yarn down in any row or pattern that you like! Another tip that we sometimes use for adding a few individually spaced buttons is to drill a small hole on each side of it and simply sew through the holes. Use a 1/16 inch drill bit and be very careful. Sometimes buttons are thinner metal and holes can be punched with an awl. Of course, if your buttons are already strung on a cord or rolled fabric, you can simply sew the cord down to your costuming project and be done!