Although there is nothing in the world quite like freshly cut flowers, some people opt for a more artificial approach. There are many reasons for this – for example, a person might find that they are allergic to pollen; others may find that they have something of a black thumb when it comes to growing and keeping plants; while others still may simply want their “fresh flowers” to remain indefinitely beautiful. Artificial flowers come in many types, but some of the most commonly seen are satin flowers. The term “satin flower” is almost always used interchangeably with “silk flower,” as these two varieties are produced in a similar way, and are made up of nearly identical material.
The satin flower came to life some time around the 27th century BC in China. Cloth blossoms were the first to find favor in this time period; however, as satin became more popular in clothing, it also began showing up in a number of decorative accessories. The practice of creating ornamental bouquets out of satin began to pick up speed, and by the 14th century, satin flowers were all the rage in the most elite homes of France. Of course, these fake blossoms were not quite so similar to the hyper-realistic blossoms we know today, but that fact did not stop them from fascinating the world. The export of both silken fabric, and French silk flowers became big business, and by the 18th century they started a new life in England – where they eventually became an important part of fashion. While they were making their way into the stylish society of England, in America, their production began. Like the early flowers that came from China, the American reproductions left a lot to be desired by way of form; however, many artisans spent countless hours perfecting their appearance, and today – because of the efforts put in by people all around the world – satin flowers not only look as real as possible, but they are also relatively free from environmental damage, dust and, on occasion, even bear a slight perfume.
As is true with fresh blossoms, the satin flower has become an important part of wedding ceremonies. Unlike newly cut blooms, the artificial variety is easy on the budget, can withstand all the pressures of a busy wedding day, and can be taken home as a party favor. In addition to weddings, satin flowers are a favorite among crafters, home decorators and even artists.