Unsurprisingly, the silk plant name derives from a special process that entails people taking faux plants and sewing them with silk fabrics.
Today, the name “silk plants” and “artificial plants” are one in the same; however, the majority of these faux plants are created using synthetic materials. Artificial or silk plants and flowers are created through high-tech manufacturing that produces “real” looking and feeling plants – great for the full-time worker who cannot regularly maintain live ones.
So how did the silk plant come to be? The real-to-the-touch material of these artificial florals has an interesting history. At one time, they weren’t overly prevalent, but today, faux plants are often sought after for office buildings or special events because of their low maintenance and “permanent” appeal.
Silk green foliage products are credited to the Chinese and it was not realized how much profit the industry would reap as a result of their efforts. It began during the twelfth-century when the Italians began to re-master the artificial flower with genuine silk. Throughout the years, Europeans put their own twist on the silk materials, as they have improved quality by creating more elaborate designs and using superior craftsmanship.
While many of the artificial plants you see today are typically produced from a polyester blend, they are still referred to as “silks” and are still a great addition to any home or office.