Types of Buttons are Used in Garments

By | November 13, 2016

Types of Buttons are Used in Garments

Noor Ahmed Raaz
B.Sc. in Textile Engineering (CU)
Department of Textile Engineering
Atish Dipankar University of Science & Technology
Email: raju.uttara105@gmail.com



Buttons are an essential accessory which is normally used in all types of garments. Therefore button can be said to the main accessories of garments. In garments the main purpose of the buttons is mainly functional and decorative. Functional purpose refers to open and close garments with security and others purpose used for garment decoration. Now I would like to discuss about garment buttons and their types also.

Types of Buttons Used in Garments:

In apparel industry buttons are normally classify according to the size, materials, and holes. By this ways buttons are as follows-

  1. According to Ligne Number
  2. According to Material Used
  3. According to No. of Hole

 A. According to Ligne Number:

Ligne no. is the measuring unit of button and indicates the diameter of button.

We know that,

Ligne = 0.025 inch or 0.635mm.

Different size of buttons in garments

Here, given few common buttons size and their used in garments.

Button size
12 L
Used in button down shirts.
16 L
Used in
spread collar shirt and for shirts mostly.
18 L
Used in shirts mostly.
24 L
common for pant.
24 L
Sometimes used button.
26 L
and others uses
28 L
Decorative and others uses
32 L
and others uses
36 L
Decorative and others uses

B. According to Material Used:

i) Plastic button: Made of polyester, polyamide, polyacrylonitrile etc, cheap, not glossy and widely used in shirts.

ii) Metal button: Used in normally denim pants, trousers etc.

iii) Wooden button: Used in decorative purposes.

iv) Horn button: Made up of horns of animals. Used in shirts, pants.
Artificial horns are also used which is made of nylon, plastic, and additives.

v) Chalk button: Used to make plastic glossy. Used in shirts.

vi) Printed button: Used in decorative purposes

C. According to No. of Holes:

1. 2 hole button.

2. 4 hole button.

There also have few special buttons. those are-

Types of buttons according to the hole

3. Shank button.

4. Snap button.

5. Decorative button.

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