I thought I’d write a bit about paper flowers today and their history.
Paper as we know it was invented in China about 2000 years ago although the Egyptians had been using papyrus (from which the word paper is derived) 5000 years ago to write on. The art of paper flower making is thought to have started in China soon after it was invented, where they made them to float on water as religious offerings.
In England in the eighteenth century Mary Delaney became renowned for creating incredible paper mosaics of flowers cut from coloured paper. Her creations can be seen at the British Museum. In Victorian England flower making became very popular as a pastime for women and to decorate their homes.
Today there is a resurgence in the art of paper flower making. They are a beautiful alternative to real flowers and a more eco-friendly alternative to fabric flowers providing they are made from recycled or renewable sources. The paper for our flowers is made from the bark of the mulberry tree which can be harvested without destroying the tree. There are some great images on ‘pinterest’ for lots of different paper flowers and make your own tutorials.
Handcrafted paper flowers from Natural Design.
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