The Nisga'a and other northwest coast Aboriginal peoples (such as Gitksan, Haida, Tahltan, and Tlingit) create ceremonial button blankets or button robes to be worn on special occasions. Originally, abalone-shell buttons were used and were a symbol of wealth because they took a long time to make. European buttons were later traded and used. The more buttons on a blanket, the more power it had. The designs on button blankets or robes have many different meanings. Sometimes a design will show a clan or a crest. Designs are carefully chosen to have special meaning and reflect the wearer. You can create a design to decorate your own clothing with buttons.