Seersucker gets its characteristic puckered texture from a special weaving process. Some warp yarns are put on the loom with regular tension, while others are put on loosely. It’s the loose columns that become puckered once the fabric is removed from the loom. Though the terms “seersucker” and “plissÃ©” are often used interchangably, plissÃ© gets its texture chemically from an application of caustic soda.
This fabric is synonymous with summer. Though it can be made in practically any weight from a variety of fibers, it’s usually lightweight cotton. The wrinkles create air pockets that help cool the skin. And, added bonus, since the wrinkles are part of the charm, it usually doesn’t need ironing.
Above: 1960s star print seersucker in cream, orange, turquoise, brown, and yellow, from acafterglow on Etsy. $14/yard; six yards available.