Huamanga stone is a kind of alabaster from Peru. This material is traditionally used to make crafts in the Ayacucho district.
To create our reconstituted Huamanga stone buttons, the first step is to gather the pulverized stone, which can often be a by-product of traditional craft making.
The stones naturally have different soft hues.
Then, this delicate dust is mixed with a special resin to enhance the buttons' resistance.
After that, the mixture is poured into repurposed PVC tubes, to ensure that all buttons are the same size.
When they dry, they are hand-cut, polished, and perforated.
Two pieces from our Everyday Edit are finished with Huamanga stone buttons: our Utility Jeans and Sheer Tie Blouse. Find these here.
We also create buttons made with combarbalita, a volcanic semiprecious stone.
This stone has been used for craft making since pre-Hispanic times. It is abundantly found in the Combarbalá zone, Coquimbo, Chile.
Its composition includes minerals such as kaolinite, hematite, clay and quartz. It can also have copper or silver in smaller quantities.
The color of combarbalita stone varies from a dusty rose to a brick red, a blueish gray, a dark green shade, or even a cloudy white. It depends on the mineralogy of each rock. This is why every button carved in this stone is one-of-a-kind.
Stones are sliced in sheets. Buttons are hand-drawn, shapes are cut, and buttons are polished and perforated.
They are handmade by artisans in Chile for our Quilted Jacket—part of our light, airy, soft quilts.
The jacket is made in Chile, from 100% cotton with its own texture, certified by the Better Cotton Initiative, a program that promotes better standards in cotton farming and practices across 21 countries.