Turning craggy oyster shells into glistening pearl buttons
Making Kanukama's mother of pearl buttons is a long, time consuming process. They are all made by hand using simple tools to shape, carve and polish them.
First the nacre is taken off the oyster shell.
Button blanks are then carved out of the shell. As the Myanmar oyster shells are so large, many buttons can be carved from the nacre.
Each blank button is then sanded three times, each with a more finer sand paper to make sure that they are smooth.
The finer details of the button is then carved and slowly a Kanukama mother of pearl button comes to life.
Kanukama's mother of pearl button slowly emerges. For a simple round button, a button maker can make around 500 in a day. The carved buttons take longer, typically just around a 100 are made in a day.