As was often the case, the products associated with the Silk
Road made their way to India over the centuries. In the early twentieth
century, papier-mâché buttons were made in India for export to Europe with
definite mid-Eastern designs and motives. In the late twentieth century,
artists from Russia made buttons, often to order, for American collectors and
Papier-mâché items, including beads, buttons, snuff
boxes, sewing items, and small furniture is highly collectible and preserves
the artistry of this art form.