Buttons and social history.
It continues to amaze me how such everyday items can throw a light on social/historical issues.
The term Kaffir is of Arabic origin, and was coined by traveller and writer Leo Africanus around 1527. He described the ‘Cafri’ as an ethnic group from Southern Africa. During colonial times the term was equivalent of ‘negro’. By the mid 20th century it was considered a racial slur.
On a lighter note …