A Sharper Take
We are always looking out for and investing in new machines. So, we’re really excited to have received delivery of our new ‘toy’ a ‘dual-sharp’ device which is specially designed to keep the cutting tools and needles, which drill the holes, perfectly sharp all of the time. We just need to cable it up and sort out some extraction and then we’ll be up and running, learning new skills and, hopefully, making even better buttons as a result!
Museum of Economic Botany
The Museum of Economic Botany, set within The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, was first established in 1847 as a ‘public repository for all kinds of useful and curious vegetable products’. In truth, it is a collection of over 95,000 objects which are made or derived from plants! The variety is unimaginable and includes not just foodstuffs, but materials for building, dyeing, writing, medicine, clothing and, now, buttons! By donating some Corozo buttons to the collection, we have just added a new dimension to the story. There are now a tiny part of the wonders we, as humans, harvest from plants grown around the world.
Our followers on Instagram will know that we have been telling the story of Corozo for the past few months, including an introduction to members of the Matapalo community who live deep in the Ecuadorian rainforest and whose livelihoods rely upon their forays into the forest to collect the nuts. It is a way of life that they share with their ancestors and wish to pass on to their children. It is one in which both mankind and nature live in complete harmony. To show our appreciation for their help and support, we donated some money to the Matapalo community and were rewarded with this touching photograph. As if making corozo buttons wasn’t reward enough, the rewards of kinship with people thousands of miles away are far greater. We had no idea how special button-making could be.