Only silk is silk. For over five thousand years, silk clothing, fabrics, and objects have beguiled, bedazzled, bewitched, excited, fascinated, and charmed people, high and low, all around the world. In ancient times, silk was exclusively worn by the most powerful potentates, kings, queens, and sovereign rulers. Over time, silk became coveted by the privileged A-list elites, artists, glitterati, celebrities, fashionistas, trend-makers, social-climbers, and status-seekers. And now Royal Silk makes silks affordable for you.
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..