History of Artificial FlowersSusan
History of Artificial Flowers | Silk Flower History
There is no doubt that artificial flowers are these days stunning and super realistic. Often you have to get really close to the arrangement or even touch them to see if alive or artificial. Should you wish to bring a little of nature into say an office or indeed your home without all the hassles of watering and replacing after the blossoms have wilted – and not breaking the bank, silk and other artificial flowers are great.
Should you be into flower arranging, they are a great outlet for your talents. In recent times the quality of artificial flower arrangements has hugely improved along for demand for flowers to decorate a home without all the hassles of the live version – this has meant that the industry is now worth billions of dollars. Because of the huge amount of labor required in each arrangement most are made in China, Honduras, or Thailand i.e. relatively low-wage counties.
As there is no need to have only flowers that are in season, you can say have spring flowers in winter now!
The use of artificial flowers goes back a very long way. The Chinese has been using silk flowers for centuries and adept putting them together. But as far as making silk flowers becoming an industry we have to look to the Italians in about the 12th century going from silk worm cocoons, dying, making into petals then trading them. Then the French got into the act in the 14th century – improving the standards of the fabric used and the end product.
We can thank the Victorians for really making the faux flowers something for every day – not just using silk but now using for example crepe, muslin, satin, and more. They had a large range of uses from (or course) decorating a room to adding to ball gowns or indeed wedding gowns and silk wreaths.
Plastic became (and still is) very popular in the nineties and more recently polyester as strong, cheap and can be dyed. Coming next has been for example sateen, cotton, paper, rubber and latex. Larger arrangements still use silk but also cotton and rayon. Wire tends to be used for the stems. The manufacturing process and the materials used keeps getting better!