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Zimame Trading Co welomes you to it's wholesale site for ceramic buttons and beads.

The UK distributor of ethically-traded goodies from South Africa

Artisan made Ceramic Buttons and Beads, Silk and Organza Flower Corsages and Brooches, Recycled Paper Beads, and more...

We have a small initial miminum order for customers who retail our buttons, and an even smaller one for designer makers.

Ceramic buttons from Incomparable whose factory near Johannesburg employs women, many of whom have worked there for many years. Workers are trained and encouraged to develop new skills, paid a fair wage, with good working hours and conditions. The buttons come in a wide variety of designs, from quirky novelties, to fashion buttons big and small, in many styles and colours. Something to suit everyone, they are loved by textile designers: knitters, quilters, stitchers, weavers, scrap-bookers, 'up-cyclers' and feltmakers.
Ideal to customise a high street garment, revamp a vintage treasure, or add something special to a gift. Many people buy them 'just because'....! - In fact I did just that when I first saw them!!
Current best sellers include hearts, hearts and more hearts...
Also from Incomparable Ceramic heart pendants which can be made into necklaces, added to gift wrap, or used in many different ways. And not forgeting valentines...

Ceramic beads Beautiful artisan made beads from Earthbutter in South Africa. ...
These beads are made to order - so most bead strands are unique...with the exception of our co-ordinated sets of animal print, and a few others. New stock, and new designs are added as we receive them.

I do occassional craft fairs in SW England, and have started displaying the bead sets on corrugated card. We have also supplied them to customers this way, on request. Please see more details under the ceramic bead section.

Our SETS of similar beads, in 3 sizes are ideal for the base of a simple necklace, or bangle and earings, for example.

Silk and Organza Flowers from Izimbali- the 'flower girls' of Soweto - previously unemployed women who, after extensive training are able to work in their own homes around their family life.
These beautiful flowers in a wide range of colours are made from silk, organza and taffeta, and add a finishing touch to any outfit or handmade bag.

Paper Beads from Mothers 4 All, based in Botswana. The beads are made from waste posters, wrapping paper etc, which would otherwise end up as rubbish. Their aim is to develop a sustainable model of support for carers of orphans, and children made vulnerable by the AIDS epidemic. The beads come un-varnished, but a coat or two of varnish does make them very durable. If you would like them supplied this way, please get in contact and we'll see what we can do.


It's simple to register with us for a wholesale account, please look under 'how to order' above.
Retail customers - please email us to be put in touch with a supplier.

Coronavirus update

We are still able to send out orders, but will combine visiting the post office with our shopping trip in order to comply with current lockdown regulations.
In these strangest of times, we would once again like to say a big 'thank you' to all our customers for buying our products with enthusiasm, and enabling us to continue supporting our suppliers.


I would normally have a stall at Stitchfest which is held in Devon every autumn.
As 'Jillian Morris Textile Designs' I sell a selection of my own textile wares, including woven items, and hand dyed yarns, plus buttons and beads from this site.
Due to the Coronavirus the show will take place online instead. Therefore for a few weeks during Oct and November you will also be able to order those things from me on this site.

I will also be putting a selection of my yarns onto this site under 'knitting and stitching' specially for the show.


Every so often Incomparable make catalogue changes, and discontinue old codes to make way for new.

Whilst we have continued to hold stock of previously discontinued codes which our customers have asked for, we feel it is time to review what we hold as general stock too. So please keep an eye on these changes, and don't miss out on our CLEARANCE SALES.

However - Incomparable will make any discontinued code for us, with a minimum quantity of only 20 cards - please let us know if you would like us to order anything, but we will need a little bit of warning since they have to be made specially.....

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Zimame Trading Co
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