Seersucker Fabric – Where Did it Come From? Why is it Worn? Part I

Seersucker fabric is commonly associated with spring/summer clothing. The primary reason for this is that this type of fabric helps dissipate heat. The fabric itself is typically all-cotton and is striped/checkered. The word Seersucker may seem odd to you. The reason is that it did not originate from English but rather Persian. In Persian, it is referred to as “Shir o Shekar” which means “Milk & Sugar”. This name most likely refers to the look and feel of the fabric in itself. The good news about the fabric is that it doesn’t need to be ironed and the wrinkled look is why a lot of people wear clothing made of this fabric. If you’re the lazy type, this is the fabric for you! :) You’ll see this type of fabric in a variety of colors but white and blue is the most common combination.

Seersucker originally came to the Western World through Muslim traders. The fabric was popular in British colonies with warmer climate. In the United States, the fabric was worn by poor individuals and this trend reversed itself when college students started wearing it regardless of wealth status. Another advantage for college students, of course, was how easy it was to wash.