Friday, October 29, 2010

Ganutell - A Lost Maltese Art is Found

Look at this sweet little nugget of Friday Fabulousness that I just found - Ganutell, the Maltese art of making artificial flowers from rayon floss and wire.  de lovely hearts this.  

Ganutell creations are delicate and different, come in a variety of colors, shapes and designs. A true and probably forgotten artform from the island country of Maltaused to decorate churches and religious statues.  Apparently, these beauties go as far back in Maltese history as the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. However it is a craft that fell away in the twenth century with only a few mastering the various ganutell techniques, which had traditionally been passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth. 

These would make a perfect accessory for an eclectic bridesmaid's dress or as a mother's gift. Any groom would rock a boutonni√®re with the blue flower above and an offbeat bride is sure to pull off a bundle of them as a bouquet that will never wilts.  Add a touch of old world whimsy and culture with these beautiful creations.

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