I was the lucky winner of a Button Masala Workshop in Munich. Now probably your first question will be what in the world is Button Masala? Well I had no idea in the beginning as well so I did some research. The art of Button Masala is to make functional clothing out of fabric, buttons and rubber bands. It sounds strange but once you’ve seen what you can create with this special technique you probably will be as amazed as I was. The beauty of it is, that it’s very simple to learn and cheap to produce. After my first ever fabric DIY, remember the headband I made out of an old T-Shirt?, I was so eager to learn more about this technique!
The inventor of Button Masala, indian Star Designer Anuj Sharma, is now traveling the world to teach others how it’s done so that more and more people are able to live in a more self catering way. Independent from corporations. The technique is so easy that he even teaches it to kids!
„Being simple is the most complex thing in the world“ – Anuj Sharma
All you need is a special kind of rubber band that doesn’t break after washing it. Also you will need thin plastic circles that are usually used for embroidery and whatever fabric you desire. But it should be a bit stretchy as it will be easier to wrap around the buttons.
Take the part of the fabric where you want the button to sit and place the button on the back of the fabric. Than you wrap the fabric around the button with the rubber band. The more often you wrap the rubber band around the button the tighter the button will sit. Two to three turns should be enough though.
You can make a lot of designs like this and if you want to connect two pieces of fabric you have to options to connect them. Either you wrap the second fabric around the first button you made and secure it with another rubber band or you make another button on the second fabric part and connect both buttons using a third rubber brand.
The tie dyed design is what I made during the workshop and I love how it turned out! What do you think?
„It’s the fastest way to make a garment.“ – Anuj Sharma
The sustainable revolution in this technique is that if you don’t like what you made you can just easily remove the buttons without damaging the fabric. The fabrics can be used again and again for new ideas. It’s possible to make multiple different designs with just one pieces of fabric in less than two hours.
If you are in Munich and want to try the unusual Button Masala technique for yourself you can get the materials at Albers Artwork. Also you can see when the next workshop days will be available.