Back in the old days in Hong Kong, when a flower buttons craftswoman received an order from a cheongsam dressmaker, besides getting the silk fabric which is used for the cheongsam’s binding, most of the time she would also receive a sample piece of cheongsam fabric. The craftswoman would base on this small piece of sample, select the decorative parts’ colours of the flower-buttons, so that the flower-button colour tone would perfectly match the cheongsam.
Nowadays, this kind of custom order is getting rare. And with the help of technology, that piece of sample fabric is often replaced by a digital image. To be able to work with a real piece of sample fabric becomes a “luxury”. Off white, silver white, snow white, cream white…… slight change of shades could change the feeling of the flower buttons. Without a real piece of fabric, making the decision is actually not easy, and most of the time we can just follow our gut feeling.