Description : Firmly woven fabric with relatively high durability that includes permanent puckers that alternate with flat regions, either organized in stripes or checks. The puckered regions are held away from the skin when worn, hence facilitating the circulation of air and encouraging heat dissipation. Seersucker is usually cotton and is considered to be comfortable spring or summerwear.
Fabrication : Seersucker is woven so that several threads bunch together, giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. This is done using a specialty slack-tension weave. The threads are wound onto the two warp beams in groups of 10 to 16 for a narrow stripe. The crinkle stripe may have slightly larger yarns to enhance the crinkle. The stripes are always oriented in the direction of the warp threads. Today, seersucker is produced by a limited number of manufacturers as it is a low-profit, high-cost item because of its slow weaving speed.
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Dyes, color treatment and washing characteristics : Seersucker is readily washed and drapes well. Ironing should be avoided.
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Uses worldwide : Seersucker fabric is used to make shirts, suits, dresses and shorts. Seersucker most often comes in alternating stripes or checks of white and blue, but it may also be available in a variety of color pairs.
Origins and history : The name comes from the Persian words "shir o shekar," meaning "milk and sugar", probably from the resemblance of its smooth and rough stripes to the smooth surface of milk and bumpy texture of sugar. Seersucker was popularly used both in the British colonies and the southern United States.
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