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A Brief History of Artificial Flowers

Artificial flowers have been around for thousands of years. When people first began to decorate their houses, temples, and palaces, flowers were a natural choice. Flowering plants have been providing us with examples of beauty since human history began so it’s natural that flowers would be amongst our first choices when we came to create our own ornamentation.

At first they were made from exotic and expensive materials like animal horn, wax, and precious metals. Artificial flowers were carved from stone or painstakingly crafted from the most beautiful raw materials. As soon as beautiful fabrics like coloured silks were produced, silk flowers arrived.

From the Victorian era to the 1950s, making silk flowers was considered an excellent hobby for girls and young women. Examples from decades gone by still exist today and they show that our grandmothers and great-grandmothers not only made incredibly beautiful flowers from silk, porcelain, and even paper, they also cared enough to ensure that their creations were as true to life as possible.

With the arrival of nylon fabrics, it was discovered that incredibly realistic artificial flowers could be created with lengths of wire and an old pair of stockings. It’s easy to shape the leaves and petals using this method and it became a widespread children’s pastime in the 1970s.

These days making flowers isn’t a common hobby, but artificial plants and flowers are all around us. Most of the time we don’t even realise that the flowers gracing a hallway or forming the centrepiece of a wedding table aren’t real. Modern techniques provide such beautiful and realistic flowers that it can be quite hard to tell what was created by a person and what was grown in a garden.

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