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Does your dry cleaner play Russian Roulette with your corozo nut buttons?

 Many of the world's finest garment manufacturers and bespoke tailors use corozo nut buttons on their high-end garments.


Corozo buttons 506 Corozo nut 1903


These manufacturers and tailors love the fact that corozo nut buttons are porous. This allows the button manufacturer to dye their buttons in small quantities, thereby achieving a near exact match of the color of their buttons to the color of the garment manufacturer's fabric.

The corozo nut (aka Tagua nut) refers to the seed of the Tagua palm tree native to equatorial South America. This tree grows very slowly and bears fibrous nuts in 15 years. If this fruit falls to the ground when fully ripe, it is harvested and dried under the tropical sun for about 3 months. The gelatin of the nut then ripens and becomes a hard white substance resembling animal ivory. After drying, the nuts are husked by machine and sorted by size and quality. They are then thinly sliced so that they can be used as raw materials for buttons.

The problem for dry cleaners is that corozo nut buttons can crack or chip when the garments are tumbling in the stainless steel drum of a dry cleaning machine. Even when the buttons are supposedly "protected" with a foil covering.


Corozo nut 1972 Corozo nut 1973


Furthermore, because these buttons are color-matched to the fabric, it's near impossible to find replacement buttons of exact size, color and design.

At RAVE FabriCARE, we'd never play Russian Roulette with the buttons of your fine garments. Instead, we remove them prior to cleaning and replace them after cleaning. Using the exact same color of thread, type of thread, and sewing technique.

Does your dry cleaner remove the buttons, including the corozo nut buttons, of your fine garments? Or have they decided that it's just too much work and that they're willing to play the odds?

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