Silk Flowers

Silk Flowers – origin of the name

artificial white orchid in pot real touch hand made

artificial white orchid in pot, real touch, hand made

Also called Fake Flowers or Artificial Flowers. Silk flowers were sewn with silk over hundreds years ago by Chinese. We are still labelling them as “silk flowers”. But current manufacturing methods use synthetic fibers and high-tech processes.

Fake flowers are a popular choice for office, hotel, restaurant and home décor because of their durability and low maintenance.

“My flowers looked amazing! They felt so real and the quality was top notch …”
– customer review

 

What are other names for Silk flowers?

Artificial flowers, fake flowers, faux flowers, plastic flowers, etc. In our shop categories we use artificial flowers term (and artificial plants, not silk plants).

 

History of Silk Flowers

Faux and dried flowers began as a poor alternative to the natural flowers. Today, silk flowers are praised for their realism, versatility and beauty. Highest quality products are very expensive. In Italy, in the Twelfth-Century were born artificial flowers made of real silk. European, especially French artists, began to improve the artificial flowers, using h-q fabrics and workmanship.  

By the time of the French Revolution (18th century), Queen Marie Antionette chose a silk rosebud as her emblem.  The French Revolution spread the fake flower artisans all over Europe. Many of them landed in England and America. At the Victorian period fresh flowers and silk florals became a crucial point for home décor. During this time, flowers were assigned meanings for particular occasions and emotions.

In America, pompous fake flower arrangements were used for ladies of high fashion. The popularity of the faux flower grew so that throughout the early 20th century, shop owners began offering a silk flower products in their shops.

“… Real flowers were not an option for us (because of allergies), but I don’t feel as if we are missing out on anything by having these silk flowers …” – customer review

 

Fabrics for Silk Flowers

Fake flowers are usually formed from polyester (depending on the chemical structure, polyester can be a thermoplastic or thermoset). Plastic still dominates at the mass-produced, artificial flower market. Polyester was very good from various reasons: low-cost, ability to accept dyes and durability.  

Inside, silk flowers are often wired. Wired stems are stiffer, but retain elasticity, which is crucial for arranging artificial flowers.

 

Silk Flower – how does it made?

silk flowers manufacturing

silk flowers manufacturing

The process begins with white polyester textile – fabric. All flowers, leaves are white, no matter the final colour. Material is die-cut into the a range of flower petal shapes and sizes. These are dyed and then assembled into finished, beautiful silk flowers.

To create the look of natural flowers, the fake flower petals need wrinkles and shapes. The petals are heat pressed in shape-molds, which create the realistic form. But large petals may require to be stiffened with wire glued on the edges. Once we have made single silk flowers, many are joined by hand to create sprays or larger bushes. This is the last step before it is packed and delivered.

Because of intensive production, it is no surprise that the majority of faux flowers are produced in China, Thailand and Honduras.

 

Future of Silk Plants

silk flower from China

silk flower from China

The future of silk flowers is likely to imitate its long past. People like to be surrounded by beautiful substitute of the nature. They also want the convenience of low-maintenance, everlasting flowers. Our homes, offices, restaurants and fashions benefit from the addition of artificial flowers, and many other businesses rely on fake flowers to add the finishing touch to their indoors and outdoors spaces.

“The flowers were amazing! … I can’t wait to have the beauty of these flowers captured in our wedding photos …” – customer review

 

Learn more:

Beveridge, Ardith and Shelly Urban. “Permanent Botanicals” In A Centennial History of the American Florist. Topeka, KS: Florist Review Enterprises, 1998.

 

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