Flowers that are not available naturally, but made artificially from various materials are known as Artificial Flowers. In other words, Artificial Flowers are imitations of natural flowers. Silk Flowers, Soap Flowers, Paper Flowers, Clay Flowers, Plastic Flowers, Porcelain Flowers and Leather Flowers are some examples of artificial flowers. Artificial Flowers are indeed a replica of naturally available flowers. The art of making Artificial Flowers is so specialised that it usually takes more than just a glance to differentiate artificial flowers from natural flowers.
Why Artificial Flowers?
- Artificial Flowers last longer
- It is easy to take care of Artificial Flowers
- Artificial Flowers are less expensive
- Artificial Flowers are also colorful
- Artificial Flowers serve as great gifts
- Artificial Flowers look like natural flowers
- Artificial Flowers are just one-of-a-kind
- Artificial Flowers do not caues allergies
- Artificial Flowers can be custom designed to suit ones fancy
Artificial Flower Production
Through the ages people have used different materials to make artificial flowers. The Egyptians used painted linen and shavings of stained horn; the Chinese used rice-paper; the Romans gold and silver. Silkworm cocoons were used in Italy while the South Americans used the plumage of highly colored birds. Modern methods include nylon netting stretched over wire frames, carved or formed soap, ground clay and mass produced injection plastic moldings.
The French originally learnt the art of artificial flower production from the Italians. During the 18th century, the French honed their art and towards the end of that century the Parisian manufacturers enjoyed a world-wide reputation. The of manufacturing Artificial flowers was introduced into England by the French refugees around the same time, and soon it spread to America as well. The modern Artificial Flower industry is now a highly specialized one employing specialised processes.