Yes you read that right, today is count your buttons day! Don’t ask me why anyone needs a day to celebrate this but if, like me, it probably would take a day to count and sort all my buttons!
To celebrate, here’s ten facts about buttons;
- Until the 13th Century, buttons were mainly decorative and made out of sea shells, bones and ivory.
- The word button is from the French word bouton, meaning bud, knob or any round object.
- Members of the Dorset Women’s Institute set a world record in July 2020 for making the largest button. Their 2.202m (7ft 2in) creation was verified as the largest button (fastener) by Guinness World Records.
- Koumpounophobia is the fear of buttons.
- In 1852 Charles Dickens wrote an article entitled ‘What there is in a button’ in Household Words.
- The oldest button was found in the Mohenjo-daro region in the Indus Valley, now known as modern day Pakistan. It is estimated to be around 5000 years old.
- A discarded shipment of mother of pearl buttons was found by road sweeper Henry Croft in the 1880’s. He set about sewing these into a worn out suit and top hat and this formed the beginnings of the Pearly Kings and Queens of London.
- The Amish community don’t wear buttons as they consider them a sign of pride.
- The French established the Button Makers Guild in 1250 and France quickly became the button capital of Europe.
- And as we’re counting our buttons today, try beating this record -The Fastest time to sort 30 coloured buttons with one hand is 19.49 seconds, achieved by Silvio Sabba (Italy), in Rodano, Milan, Italy, on 26 March 2017.