SOUTH CAROLINA LAWMAKERS PAY HOMAGE TO SOUTHERN FABRIC …
|| By FITSNEWS || So it was “Seersucker Day” at the S.C. State House this week, meaning the Palmetto State’s political elite dressed up like a bunch of metrosexual fraternity boys trying to channel their inner Gregory Peck. Or Matlock.
Nothing like dumping billions of tax dollars down the drain in comfort, coolness and style, huh?
Yup … it’s all about getting a good slack tension weave to facilitate the fabric’s bunched threads, which of course permit air circulation and heat dissipation in the always humid air of the S.C. State House.
“Seersucker fabric was originally worn by laborers,” writes Susan Langenhennig of The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune. “It was designed to keep them cool in factories.”
She’s right … it only became a hit among the upper class in the 1920s, part of the era of “reverse snobbery.”
“The cotton weave is said to have been inspired by a similar silk version popular in India during British colonial rule,” Langenhennig adds. “The name ‘seersucker’ is derived from the Persian ‘shir o shakar’ or ‘milk and sugar’ for its contrasting smooth and rough striped texture.”
Anyway, enjoy your leaders (left to right Senators Kevin Johnson, Katrina Shealy, Thomas McElveen and Kevin Bryant) … all “shir o shakared …”
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