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The History of Paper Flowers

The art of paper flower making is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. From the catwalk to store displays and art installations, these blooming creations can be seen everywhere. Many people are turning to paper flowers as an alternative to fresh and dried florals.

Paper FLowers
La Primavera - Paper Botanica Installation

Paper flowers have a long and rich history dating back to ancient civilizations. The art of paper flower making, is believed to have originated in China, where it was used to create decorative objects such as lanterns and figurines. The technique later spread to Japan, where it was used to create beautiful and intricate paper flowers for use in religious ceremonies and as gifts.

paper lantern
Photo by Mary Ray via Unsplash

In Europe, paper flowers began to gain popularity during the Victorian era. With the invention of the steam-powered paper mill, paper became more affordable and accessible to the masses. This led to an increase in the popularity of paper crafts, including paper flower making.

In recent years, the art of paper flower making has experienced a resurgence in popularity. This can be attributed to the rise of social media and the ability for artists to share their work with a global audience. The versatility and durability of paper flowers make them a popular choice for weddings, events, and home decor.

Paper Flower Garden
Chanel at Couture Spring 2015

Paper flower making is not only an art form, it also has eco-friendly and sustainable aspect, since paper is a natural and renewable resource that can be recycled and repurposed.

In conclusion, paper flower making is an ancient tradition that has evolved and adapted throughout history. Today, it is enjoyed as both a beautiful art form and a sustainable alternative to fresh flowers.

Crepe paper roses
Paper Roses


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