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are there any other names for this fabric? this one makes me uncomfortable. 19:08, 17 May 2006 (UTC)

The fabric is called seersucker. There is no other English name for it. It is an extremely common fabric in the South, and the name is seersucker. Mind out of the gutter -- now.

unsigned. 18:10, 18 March 2007 (UTC)William64.209.157.146 18:10, 18 March 2007 (UTC)Although it is somewhat difficult to see because there is no recognizable object for size reference, the illustration provided for seersucker is not of the traditional blue and white striped seersucker that was so popular in the South. The traditional seersucker had alternating stripes, each approximately 3/32 inches wide, of blue and white. The illustration appears to be of a modern descendant called 'pinfeather' or 'fineline'.

Is it feasible, please, to develop more about this?:[edit]

Is it feasible, please, to develop more about this?:

"...'shir o shakar' meaning 'milk and sugar.' " I do want much more about that.

Hopiakuta 15:24, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

Furthermore, I also have problems @: talk:sé.

Hopiakuta 15:24, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

Proof of Saunder's Popularizing Seersucker?[edit]

Looking for seersucker in the online Oxford English Dictionary I see references to the material being used in suits in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Scouring through the New York Times archives, I failed to spot any articles about W.O. Saunders purported publicity stunt. I would say that unless some actual reference to Saunder's popularizing seersucker can be found the reference to him should be removed.

Mnentro 15:37, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

1. As for the Saunder's story, I think I can provide a reference...this story is in Volume 152, pg.617 of the "The Outlook and Independent" compilation (published 1935) by Alfred Emanuel Smith. I can't get an exact quote at the moment because I don't have access to the compilation anymore, but I think it is being digitized by Google Books from the Stanford University collection. 2. Additionally, suits using that material are still sold today by Haspel, among others, which has sold it since 1909. There was an article in the Wall Street Journal about it, but I don't have a subscription anymore. 3. As to the tradional colors being blue and white, I believe that grey and white was just as common, although my sources don't go beyond such typical Southern novels such as "All the King's Men". I do agree though that the picture appears to be of a pinfeather type, as it seems to exhibit the annoying moir effect thereof. 4. As to the name, if "seersucker" is of any lewd origin, it has been of lewd origin for at least a hundred years and none of our more famous prudes took time to complain. In any case, I doubt it. I'd never heard of the "shir o shakar" persian origin, but it sounds plausible. -David May 8-9

Apparently Seersucker was developed in 1907 by a New Orleans clothier.

According to the New Members Guide of the U.S. Senate "In 1907, a New Orleans clothier made summer wear more comfortable by designing a light-weight suit in pale blue and white striped rumpled cotton fabric. He named that fabric 'seersucker.'" —Preceding unsigned comment added by Nbeckman (talkcontribs) 15:33, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

Saunders and Seersucker: the plot thickens[edit]

I am not hopeful about finding an Outlook and Independent compilation published in 1935 by Alfred Emmanuel Smith. Alfred Emmanuel Smith, better known as Alfred E. Smith was the governor of New York before FDR was elected. Al Smith wasn't a publisher. I searched the Library of Congress web site ( for the work you mentioned and did not locate it by title or name of publisher.Maybe it was Alfred Knopf you meant and not Alfred Smith?
I would propose the following: unless a citation about Saunders popularizing seersucker be located the lines stating that he did be removed. Second, Since the "seersucker Thursday" page on the US Senate web site says that the etymology of seersucker is Persian (not Hindi). I suggest that the wikipedia article be changed to reflect this. I'll make these changes in a couple of days as long as this comment does not produce an angry torrent of objections. --Mnentro 23:56, 7 July 2007 (UTC)

== One more thing ==

The article mentions that seersucker is "easily washed." All the seersucker jackets and pants that I have seen are "dry clean only." I would hardly consider that to be easily washed. Anyway, what would constitute difficult to wash in the category of summer clothing back in the early days of the 20th century long before almost every household had a washing machine? I thought the attraction of seersucker was that it was virtually "no-iron," not necessarily that it was easy to wash. Anyone out there with a wardrobe of seersucker shirts willing to hold forth on ease of washing them?

--Mnentro 23:56, 7 July 2007 (UTC)

Following the July 7 post, it is bye-bye to the Saunders reference[edit]

please see discussion above Mnentro 01:18, 18 July 2007 (UTC)


The article says that the word comes from "Hindustani." Hindustani is a word meaning somone from India, which is also known as Hindustan in some languages, not a collective term for Hindi and Urdu, this is the first website that I have ever seen using this definition of the word. (Sahgal (talk) 13:53, 29 May 2012 (UTC))

If you think this is wrong, you need to take it up at the article Hindustani language. GDallimore (Talk) 17:46, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

Reference needs fixing[edit]

The first reference (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000), in support of the etymology, needs fixing. The link takes you not to the dictionary, but to, and the dictionary is not even there. --Mfwills (talk) 17:45, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

Removed opinionated line from last section[edit]

I pulled out the following line: The crinkle stripe may have slightly larger yarns to enhance the crinkle. 

It is vague and has no sources to back it, so I do not know if it is fact. I did not want to remove a weasel word and leave an untrue statement. (talk) 16:32, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

pillowcase etc[edit]

In Germany seersucker pillowcases, duvet covers and the like are fairly common while there is probably no clothing in that style at all. -- (talk) 23:58, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

Image green/blue[edit]

Is it my partial colourblindness, or maybe my monitor, or is the caption "Shirt from green/white seersucker fabric." incorrect and it should be blue/white? Or maybe it is an effect of viewing green/white from a distance that makes it look bluish? -- (talk) 15:19, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

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