Button SVG – in a broad sense – is a small object made of solid material, with holes or an ear for attachment (mainly by sewing) to clothing, shoes and personal items (such as bags). In a narrower variant, a clasp on clothing and other garments is used to connect its parts (a button on one part of the garment fits into a loop on the other part, and thus fastens it).
Button SVG (a standardized term for leather goods, textiles, shoes and garments) – a clasp designed to connect the product through the loop (button with holes, ear button, button with clamshells).
Most often the simplest button is a disk with two or four through holes in the middle, but there are buttons of other types and shapes: for example, square, triangular, cylindrical or spherical. The number of holes may also vary.
Button SVG history
Ancient people tied the ends of their clothes with a knot instead of buttons or used special ties, laces and pins made of spikes of plants, bones and other materials. In Ancient Egypt, buckles had already been used, or one piece of clothing had been slipped into a hole made in another, or the ends were simply tied together.
The oldest objects similar to buttons used as decorations rather than fasteners were found in the Indiana Valley of the Indus River. They date back to the Cote-Digi era of the Indus (pre-Harapp) civilization (c. 2800-2600 BC). Similar objects from the Bronze Age were found in China (ca. 2000-1500 BC), as well as in the former territories of Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece.
Buttons made of shells were used in Indian civilization for decorative purposes around 2000 BC. Some of the buttons had the right geometric shapes and holes so that they could be tied to clothing with a thread. Ian McNeil believes that “these buttons were originally used as a decoration rather than a clasp. The earliest of these buttons were found in Mohenjo Daro, in the Indus Valley. They are curved and made about 5000 years ago.
Functional buttons made of stone were found in Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey, dating back to 1500 BC. Functional buttons with loops for fastening clothes first appeared in Germany in the 13th century. They quickly became widespread in Europe for making tighter fitting clothes.
In the past, the Button SVG was one of the important magic amulets designed to scare away the forces hostile to man. In Russia, this function of the button for a long time remained the main one.
Buttons, almost forgotten in the early Middle Ages, with the invention of the cut in the XIII century, which allowed wearing tight clothes, turned from a utilitarian purpose into luxury goods. And it is not surprising, because the men’s suit of that epoch from chin to waist and from elbow to brush was fastened on often planted buttons numbering sometimes more than a hundred. The sophistication of the buttons demonstrated the wealth of their owner. Made of gold, silver and ivory, they symbolized prosperity and high status in society.
Historically, buttons and fasteners on women’s clothing have usually been placed on the left side. There are several versions of this. The main thing is that during the introduction of buttons men often dressed on their own, and noble women had to help their servants to dress – so the buttons on women’s clothing began to be sewn on the opposite side to make it more comfortable.