Chinese Flower Button (Pan Hua Kou / 盤花扣 / 花鈕) is a traditional handicraft technique that originated in China. As the most artistic form of Chinese buttons, it was particularly popular in Shanghai during the Republic of China era (1920-1950) and primarily used as decorative embellishments on Cheongsam/Qipao garments. Making those buttons requires a series of delicate hand skills, including cutting, ironing, knotting, sewing, stuffing, and demands extreme patience and concentration. For beginners, crafting a pair of them can take up to a day, while more sophisticated patterns can take even longer. As times change, like many other handicrafts, Chinese Flower Button is facing a crisis of being forgotten. 524kou is therefore dedicated to preserve and promote such a cultural heritage through innovative approaches.
1. Chinese Flower Button in 1920s-1940s
2. Making Process of Chinese Flower Button
3. How to Make Paste for Chinese Button
4. How to make a Chinese Button Knot