A Bit About Seersucker

Now that the weather’s getting warmer in many places it’s time to break out the spring wardrobe. If you’re looking to class up your warm-weather attire, might we suggest trying some seersucker. A classic fabric for summery suits and train conductor hats, seersucker is a thin, cotton fabric that appears puckered in places and usually sports stripes or checks. While one might imagine that the term seersucker might have to do with the puckered appearance—like a person sucking in and puckering the lips after trying something sour—the name is actually Persian from the words sheer and shaker which translate into milk and sugar, respectively. It’s thought seersucker got this name because the smooth areas were like milk as the bumpy areas were like sugar. Whatever its origins, seersucker is definitely a classic spring fabric in our book!

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Christina Garton

About Christina Garton

I'm Associatet Editor for Handwoven where I get to interact daily with all sorts of wonderfully creative people. I'm obsessed with twill and weaving dishtowels, although I'm also in love with deflected doubleweave. When I'm not weaving twill towels, I love to try out new fibers and structures and blog about it as I go!

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