Artificial flowers don’t generally enjoy a great reputation; ask a few people their opinion and you’ll invariably get told that fake blooms are unrealistic, tacky and, well, just plain nasty. If you hold this view then perhaps it’s time to take another look at the silk flower – it’s come a long way since the mass-produced plastic abominations of the 1960s and 70s.
“Silk flowers” itself is something of a misleading, catch-all term, as modern artificial “silk” flowers are made of anything from polyester, cotton, real silk, rayon, latex and, yes (for stems and berries at least) good old plastic.
Advances in silk flower manufacturing techniques and meticulous attention to detail mean that breathtakingly realistic designs can now be achieved, with the added advantage that they need no watering, are hypo-allergenic and will last indefinitely. (more…)