Seersucker, while less well known in the Northern states, is a fabric of almost legendary popularity in the South, where heat reigns heavy during summer months. What makes seersucker such a great fabric for coping with the heat? The unique weaving process causes some of the threads to bunch together, creating a puckered, almost wrinkly texture. These puckers create little air pockets that allow air to flow between the fabric and your skin, keeping the body nice and cool.
While modern technology (specifically, air conditioning) has made seersucker attire less of a summertime necessity, the tradition of seersucker in summer remains. In fact, the tradition is so strong that for one day in June every single year, the United States Senate members don cool, comfortable seersucker suits in an event known as “Seersucker Thursday.” You can check out a snapshot of the 2011 Seersucker Thursday on The Washington Post blog.
Not only do the members of the United States Senate dress in seersucker every year, but people from all over Washington, D.C. deck themselves out in seersucker suits, dresses, bow-ties, and elaborate hats to come together for an annual “Seersucker Social”
While most people think of clothing when they think of seersucker, it also makes for fabulous bedding. Our favorite use for seersucker? Sheets! Cool, breathable cotton seersucker sheets. They never cling to your skin like some sheets tend to do in the heat, making them oh-so-comfortable on those hot, sticky summer nights. If you’ve never slept on seersucker before, we highly recommend that you give it a try!