A number of Monday's readers commented on what a funny word "seersucker" is. I decided to do a bit of research and learned all sorts of things about this fabric.
- It comes from the Persian words "shir o shekar", meaning milk and sugar, which may refer to the smooth texture of milk and the bumpy texture of sugar.
- the way it is woven causes some threads to bunch together creating the wrinkled appearance, but holding the fabric away from the body for air circulation
- It was a popular fabric in Britain's warm weather colonies, as well as among gentlemen in the American South prior to the advent of air conditioning.
- The fabric was originally worn by the poor in the U.S. until undergraduate students in the 1920s, in an air of reverse snobbery, began to wear the fabric. Damon Runyon wrote that his new habit for wearing seersucker was "causing much confusion among my friends. They cannot decide whether I am broke or just setting a new vogue."