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Seersucker - Cool, Lightweight and Very Fashionable

Posted on May 22 2019

Seersucker is a fabric made with a unique cotton weave that causes the thread to bunch together in some places, giving the fabric its trademark bumpy appearance (called “pucker”). Typically, the pattern on seersucker alternates between smooth and puckered pinstripes, though the puckering pattern can be checkered as well.

This alternating puckering pattern, combined with the lightweight cotton fabric, is what gives seersucker its trademark cooling property. The puckering causes more of the fabric to be held away from the body, allowing greater air circulation between you and your clothes.

Originally, seersucker fabric was rooted in India. At the time the country was ruled by the Mughals, and the term seersucker derives from these Persian, Hindi and Urdu, referring to the dual tonality of the colors. In fact, “sheer” means “milk” and “shukkar” means “lesser refined brown cane sugar.” Over time, the word evolved into “seersucker,” and it was first imported to Europe in the 18th century.

In the USA, the fabric started to become popular at the turn of the century. For example, politician John Garner of Texas supposedly wore seersucker suits at that time. Joseph Guerney Cannon broke with protocol when he appeared in front of President Roosevelt in 1903 in a seersucker suit. In the late 19th century, it was common for visitors to address the President of the United States in a black frock coat. However, one hot summer day, Cannon decided to wear a seersucker suit. When asked what caused him to break the rules of dress code, he supposedly exclaimed, “the weather was damn hot!”

Today, seersucker has undergone a renaissance as a large number of designers and mills use seersucker as their go-to fabric for the summer season. As its popularity has increased, a greater number of colours and patterns have become more available. Indeed, it would be unforeseeable a few years ago to tailor a tuxedo from seersucker, but it has become very popular this season for summer weddings. 

The new seersucker collection for jackets, trousers and shirts is now available instore. Please click here to make an appointment to visit us.  

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