Where were the oldest buttons discovered?

Earliest ever known use of buttons was in Indus Valley Civilisation!

First Ever Buttons Known - Fashion Facts

Yes! The first buttons human ever used were discovered in Indus Valley. These buttons were made of shells. Some buttons found in Indus Valley are even shaped and some are with holes. They were used as ornaments or seals though not as fasteners.

The shells featured above are from my seashells collection.

Source: Button History

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  1. interesting fact Sindhu! please share more information about ancient clothing 🙂

    • Thank you, Yulia ? Planning to share many such facts from past and present as well. That way, I get a chance to brush up what I know. Hope it will keep you entertained ?

  2. Yes, shells had those ready made shapes (and some may even have holes) Humans are always innovative – to use the available resource.

    • Hello, thanks a lot for your visit and comments ??. True, our ancestors were very innovative! And our creativity is inherited from them.

  3. That is interesting. Never knew of it.

    • Thank you, Indrani ? Much more is yet to be known to us. I came to know this fact recently, I wonder why didn’t we get to learn in our History class!

  4. That’s really interesting & innovative! They had figured out the use of buttons that too using shells!
    Feels so nice that such an advanced civilization flourished in our own India!

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