Seersucker is a thin fabric, usually produced from cotton but also made using rayon or synthetics and sewn with a plain, slack tension weave. The woven crinkle is produced by alternating slack and tight yarns in the warp. This produces a more permanent crinkled effect, whilst the use of pressing or chemicals is likely to last more temporarily. Seersucker can be bleached, yarn-dyed or printed.
Seersucker has a crinkled surface and a usually striped pattern, often colored. The fabric comes in medium to heavy weights. Seersucker is woven with wrinkles in it, which causes it to be mostly held away from the skin when worn to facilitate air circulation and heat dissipation. Seersucker is durable, and gives quality service and wear.
Seersucker was originally developed in India and became popular in the American South. The name "seersucker" came into the English language via the Hindi term "sirsakar," which had been borrowed from the Persian compound "shiroshakar,"meaning 'milk and sugar' but used figuratively for a striped linen garment. This was due to the resemblance of the fabric's smooth and rough stripes to the smooth surface of milk and the bumpy texture of sugar.
What is Seersucker used for?
Seersucker is often used to make summer wear because of the thin, lightweight nature of the fabric. It is used in the design of summer suits for men, women and children, coats, uniforms, trims, nightwear, sportswear, dresses, blouses, children's wear of all kinds, curtains and bedspreads.
Seersucker washing and care
Medium machine wash 60 degrees OR
Hot machine wash 95 degrees
Usually needs no pressing