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A pre-air conditioning era cotton suit from 1909 is uniting politicians today

In Washington it can take a lot of debating and deal-making to make friends on the other side of the aisle, but today some politicians are setting aside their differences to celebrate a cotton suit! That’s right, today is officially National Seersucker Day.

The cotton Seersucker suit dates back to Louisiana in 1909 but the material itself was used during the British colonial period in warmer colonies like British India. It’s a thin, puckered all-cotton fabric that’s used in warmer months – heat is dissipated and air is circulated more easily, when worn, because of the way the seersucker is woven.

The tradition of Seersucker Thursday in Congress began in 1996, briefly discontinued then brought back in 2014.

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced National Seersucker Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 9, 2016:

“National Seersucker Day is the celebration of American made products. Seersucker was invented in Louisiana but can now be found in closets across the country.

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