Sensational silk wonders
Believe it or not, between the 1890s and 1940s, America was the world’s largest buyer of silks. Affordable silks were available to the average male and female consumer. The demand for all kinds of silks, especially silk stockings, was huge. Ships laden with tons of silks from China and Japan would arrive almost daily in the docks of Seattle, San Francisco, and Vancouver. The prized loads of silk would then make their way on special, highly-guarded, transcontinental “silk trains” destined for the silk mills and workshops of New York and New Jersey. During this era, silks were regularly featured in the popular culture, in the arts, on stage, on screen, seen on mobsters and on politicians alike. While silk stockings were the rage, to be sure, there were many other sought-after silks, such as: silk dresses, silk costumes, silk gowns, silk robes, silk blouses, silk lingerie, silk underwear, silk scarves, silk coats, silk suits, silk shirts, silk trousers, silk boxers, silk hats, silk ties, silk bowties, silk bandannas, silk handkerchiefs, silk bows, silk sheets, silk pillows, and, of course, silk pajamas. And that’s still a partial list of popular silk products that reigned in the five decades leading up the 1940s. World War Two pretty much ended the imports of silk from the Orient. Before long, nylon stockings were replacing silk stockings and affordable silks became all but forgotten, a thing of the past, and soon very pricy and out of reach for the average person.
Since the late 1970s, the Royal Silk® brand has been committed to enriching the lives of everyday aspiring consumers by providing high-quality silk products at reasonable and affordable prices. Although we are based in the United States, in Princeton, New Jersey, our products reach the world. Our devotion to high-quality affordability continues to this day. As part of this commitment, and with this website, www.royalsilkusa.com, we strive to introduce you to sensational silk finds that are surprisingly wearable, colorful, tactile, unique, unusual, thrilling, unforgettable, sensorial, sometimes seemingly ordinary, and yet always desirable and affordable. And if you are reading this, from anywhere in this world, and you have a creative, artistic or design idea for silk, or you yourself are the creator, we invite you to please contact us..
Modern American Art Series – Men’s Silk Boxers – Graffiti Art By Crash for Royal Silk®
Enjoy the awe and power of razzle-dazzle graffiti design with this pair of smooth silk boxer shorts by Crash for Royal Silk®. This remarkable pair of silk boxers shows masterful use of funky, spunky, colorful pop-graffiti art. Also noteworthy about these unique modern art boxers is the way they reveal how natural silk radiates incredible colors so incredibly. Lush, mid-weight India silk. 100% Silk. Imported. Waist sizes: S (30-32"), M (33-34"), L (35-36"), XL (37-38"), and 2XL (39-40"). Hand wash or dry clean. This pair of boxers can be safely machine-washed using our specialized Royal Silk laundry bag for silks, made in USA, and separately purchased. Graffiti Silk boxers, $49 each.
The featured graffiti design is by artist CRASH (a/k/a John Matos), who was born and raised in uptown New York City, in the Bronx. At the age of 13, young Crash began “bombing” his bright, vivid colors and eye-catching designs at the train yards and on the subway train cars. These trains circulated all around New York City. And thus began CRASH’s rebel art career. By the 80s, CRASH had launched and influenced the ground-breaking graffiti movement that has remained very active through today. He continues to work and show both locally and internationally.
Fine Hand-Embroidered Taffeta Silk Pocket Squares, $18.00
Silk Paint Cloth – 25-35$
Silk Cotton Beanie, all natural silk and cotton, $30
Set of 3 Silk Wipes for Lenses, Phone & Tablet Screens, Eyepieces, Glass, and Other Sensitive Surfaces, $9
Jumbo Fringed Silk Metro Scarf
Polka Dot Print Royal Silk Aviator Scarf - 3 Colors
Turns out that due to the high costs of basic flight training, many of these wealthy British upper-class-men became airplane pilots for the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). Sensibly the adventurous flight volunteers brought along their silk scarfs for the military service. As “eyes in the skies,” the air crews flew in open cockpits in very cold conditions at altitudes of up to 15,000 ft. The First War in the Air was a chilly, rainy, grueling, terrifying, and highly dangerous affair.
The silk scarf solved some of the aerial problems quite nicely. Pure silk wrapped tightly around the neck, unlike wool or cotton, prevented the rough collar of the leather flight jacket from chafing and damaging the skin. This was a considerable problem because the pilot and observer were constantly cycling and scanning the sky through 360 degree turns. Because the silk was soft, smooth, lightweight, durable, and compact, it facilitated ease of neck movement and twisty vision. Moreover, the silk scarf prevented the high-altitude, icy drafts from creeping down through the neck into the body and feet.
There were other uses for the silk as well. For example, it was used as a cleaning wipe for the rain or condensation on the crews’ air goggles and instruments. And sometimes the flyers would use the scarf to swish the specks of sputtering oil that landed on their faces from primitive engine designs. At other times the silk scarf served as a dashing and stylish accessory that helped to establish a unique esprit de corps for the splendid, flying gentlemen of the First World War. Not long after, the silk aviator scarf became a standard issue as flight and naval gear in many global militaries and a desirable, sought-after fashion accessory for the rest of the world.
Our Polka Print Royal Silk Aviator Scarf is fashioned in a twin layer of Mulberry Silk and detailed with soft, hand-made self-fringes on both ends. The touch and feel of this Mulberry Silk is soft, plush, and delectable. 100% Silk. The silk aviator scarf measures 8” x 60.” Imported. Hand wash or dry clean or machine wash with use of our washer bag for silks, sold separately in two sizes. Select from three polka dot prints: Black, White, and Burgundy. $39
Polka Dot Silk Tie Scarfs in Pure Mulberry Silk
The classic polka dot design is cool, simple and elegant. It can be worn with almost any type of outfit. It can be worn from the boardroom to the bedroom and never feel out of place. You can wear it all twelve months of the year. And chances are that you’ll wear it forever and be very happy with it. With proper care, it will easily last a life time. $22 We stock it in black and in white. It measures 8 inches by 60 inches and features triangular ends. Quantities are limited.