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Exquisite Real Silky Warmth for Winter Sports & Evenings Out

Updated on November 22, 2013

Long before the advent of all the synthetic long undies women were keeping the Winter chill off their legs with silk.

It's nature's golden winner in the keep-me-warm sweepstakes. How do I know? My pioneering Grandma wore them. She was Alaskan Margie's mom, a little lady from San Francisco, first-generation American, who set off on the journey of a lifetime after her marriage in 1915.

"Since you always wore skirts, Grandma

how did you keep your legs warm during those freezing Winters on the Bering Seacoast" I asked her when the idea first popped into my ten year old consciousness. "Why, we wore knitted stockings - woolen or silken, depending on what we had."

Over the stockings she wrapped strips of rags

round and round from toe to top. At times she wrapped layers of paper toweling over the stockings, and secured them with spirals of rags. Women such as Grandma insisted on retaining their femininity even in the wilderness by refusing to wear pants.

She topped off her windings with a long fur

parki. That's what it was called by the Alaska indigenous peoples who taught my Grandparents Culver to dress themselves to withstand the coldest winters in style and warmth. The natives caught the furs, and Grandpa trapped some too. Then they turned them into beautiful full-length covers.

When Grandma retired and moved down to The States she left her long furs behind. She never did make the switch to pants, even in the coldest Northwest Winter, but her daughter and granddaughter had no hesitation joining the pants wearing gals.

I've lived in a tent for months during Winter's snow

and depended on long underwear. In fact it was so cold nights I felt like a pioneer prospector in Alaska, sleeping in my long underwear.

We were trying to get our new house ready for occupancy so every moment was spent building. Had we free time for a night on the town I would have loved to don a pair of silk longies like these. The silky long underwear that adds warmth without weight.

Silk is marvelously strong and lightweight and luscious longies make a splendid gift.

Terramar Women's Thermasilk Scoop-Neck Top
Terramar Women's Thermasilk Scoop-Neck Top

Pants and matching tops come in four colors, for allover silky warmth.

Terramar Thermasilk Over The Calf Sock Liner
Terramar Thermasilk Over The Calf Sock Liner

Nothing fits and feels like a real silk liner sock.

Terramar Men's Thermasilk Pant
Terramar Men's Thermasilk Pant

Men and women can both enjoy the wonderful benefits of these exquisite long underwear pieces.


Have you worn silk longies? Did your mom wear them?

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Do you ski, crosscountry, snowmobile, shovel walks, ice skate, hunt, ice cave climb, or engage in any other Winter sport that challenges your thermostat?

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    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      My sister sent me a pair and I love them under my golf slacks on really chill mornings on the golf course.

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      5 years ago

      Yep. I go winter hillwalking and I always make sure I am well clad. These silkies sound like something i might investigate further.

    • sousababy profile image


      5 years ago

      Yes, I do ski, ice skate, and shovel the driveway, walkway and porch. And I am amazed just how warm themasilk underwear is. The quality is much better too (these don't "pill" like traditional long johns).


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