I don't know much about the history of Azorean Fish Scale sculpture. The little that I know is the explanation that came with the flower.
What people wonder most often but are too polite to say out loud:
"Yuck. It must look like a smelly mess."
My answer is: It is beautiful and it doesn't smell.
The simple explanation below has a few spelling errors that may confuse you so here are the corrections:
conventual life = convent life
the nouns excelled = the nuns excelled
a touchable souvenir = I'm not sure what was meant by this as they are stiff but very fragile. Touch gently at your own risk!
Dimensional Embroidery and my Azorean heritage