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Advances in Artificial Flowers and Artificial Greenery

Today’s silk flowers are extremely well made and durable, and almost indistinguishable from the real thing.  They’re a far cry from the inferior plastic flowers of some years ago.  Artificial flowers have come a long way to reach the beauty and craftsmanship that they have today.

The making of artificial flowers in thought to date back hundreds of years.  It is believed that the Chinese first started making them, creating elaborate blooms from silk.  This was merely for artistic expression though, and not the commercial venture that artificial flower making is today.

Artificial flower making arrived in Europe in the twelfth century, when the Italians would make them from the dyed cocoons of silkworms.  They were soon overtaken in silk flower making, and by the fourteenth century, the French were considered the best in the world.  They improved both the materials used and the quality of the blooms made.  After the French revolution, many of the silk flower artisans moved to England, and by the 1800s, English settlers had introduced the craft to the Americans.

The Victorian age saw an explosion in artificial silk flowers.  Every table or mantelpiece would be adorned with them.  They weren’t just limited to being made from silk too; they would be made from a variety of materials including satin, velvet, muslin and gauze.  In fact, it’s only recently that artificial greenery and flowers have been predominantly made from silk, giving us the beautiful, lovingly-crafted blooms that we see today.

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