The history of faux flowers goes back to Italy, China and France from where it spread to England and America. Initially, Chinese started making them for artistic expressions; but, it was actually Italians who began making them from silkworm cocoons and selling them in the market. Later, French began to manufacture them using fabric as raw material; by the 14th century France topped the craft of making Silk Flowers. In America too, the craft became popular by late 18th century where in early 1791 the art became a respectable job for women. And, by early 1800s the craft became popular in UK as well. During Victorian age, the floral craft included mélange of both artificial and real blossoms and they were generally used to convey messages. The variety of material including muslin, silk, velvet, linen, crepe, gauge, calico and cambric were used to make silk flower stems. Other materials included vellum (thin paper-like leather made from calf or lamb skin), porcelain, metal, palm leaves and wood. In South America they were made from coloured feathers, wax and tinted shells where as in Ancient Rome they were manufactured from precious metals like gold and silver .