Fake flowers and fake flower arrangements go back in history as far as the ancient Chinese, who fashioned them from silk and other cloth. The Egyptians used stained horns and the Italians created them using dyed silkworm cocoons. By the 14th century the French seem to have perfected the creation of fake flowers. But the French Revolution caused those artisans to flee to England. By the early 1800’s immigrants from England brought the trade to America.
The Victorian era fake flowers were fashioned from velvet, calico, muslin, cambric, crepe and gauze. These flowers were used to adorn clothing, whether it be gowns, hats or other accessories. Wood, porcelain and metal was also used. Wax flowers and those fashioned from human hair became popular. Celluloid flowers were introduced in the 1940’s but because of their flammable properties were banned from import from Japan. Plastic soon became the material of choice, then polyester because of its low cost and durability. The higher Fake IDs end, more realistic fake flowers were make from silk, rayon and cotton. Some creators of fake flowers were known to dissect real flowers petal by petal, so to replicate one as accurately and perfectly as possible.
The more creative crafter would fashion fake flowers from shells, feathers, pods, seeds, paper or even ribbon. No matter what is used to create fake flowers they are were and are used to decorate clothing, accessories for the home. In May of 1960 Gimbles in New York City were selling fake flower arrangements for a mere $3.95, as well as, an expert to demonstrate how to create such arrangements.
There is no doubt that flowers, fake or the real thing bring a nice touch to any room. They don’t need to be used in just vases, but in wreaths, swags, tree and much, much more. Any container will do for an arrangement. They will never replace a fresh arrangement but a fake flower arrangements without a doubt a much more affordable and practical alternative. This kind of flowers doesn’t need to be kept to the season but fake flowers such as sunflowers or tulips can brighten a winter’s day.
The size, color and style of the flowers chosen can enhance any decor from contemporary to French country. With manufacturers perfecting flowers in every variety and hue that even a bride on a tight budget is able to have beautiful fake arrangements that add that special touch to any wedding.
More and more we are seeing the use of fake flowers arrangements outside the home. Gardeners, green or brown thumbed, are taking advantage of this alternative. With all the craft, hobby and discount stores around there is a wide variety to chose from as well to fit any budget. With fake flowers it is easy to spruce up the porch and patios. There is no longer the excuse of allergies to use flowers to decorate your home.