Today is National Seersucker Day! Are you ready?
The blue and white fabric was born, named "Seersucker" from the Persian for "milk and sugar" in homage to its textured weave. According to the Senate historian, the suits became popular in the Capitol in the early part of the 20th century — an easy sell in the former swamp that is the District of Columbia.
1. The term "seersucker" comes from the Hindi word "sīrsakar" that had itself been borrowed from the Persian compound "shīroshakar" (meaning "milk and sugar").
2. Seersucker first became popular in Britain's warm weather colonies like British India (just like our other favorite preppy fabric, madras)
3. One of the best things about the preppy puckered fabric? It doesn't need to be ironed (so it's great for traveling).
4. The traditional seersucker fabric is blue and white, but you can also find shorts, suits, pants, shirts, skirts, and dresses in a variety of colors.
5. When seersucker made its way to the United States, it gained popularity right away, especially with Southern gentleman who preferred a light fabric for their region's heat and humidity.
6. Seersucker was used for summer service uniforms of the first female United States Marines.
7. Senator Trent Lott made seersucker famous by starting a U.S. Congress tradition called "Seersucker Thursday" in 1996. The practice was discontinued due to gridlock in 2012 but resumed in 2014. Thanks, Bill Cassidy. Read HERE.
I love seersucker fabric especially in the heat of the summer.
Happy National Seersucker Day, y'all!