Bäckebölja

By Daniel Blockert|June 14, 2017|Fabrics, General Menswear|0 comments

Unfortunately I missed national seersucker day (June 8th), but this weekend at the Geneva Street Food Festival I could at least break out a seersucker tie. The Panama was necessary given that it’s really hot here now.

Filed under the category of useless knowledge is the fact that seersucker, a Indian fabric introduced in Europe through British Colonial trade, became popular in Sweden early on and was common already in the 19th century. We even have our own word for this fabric and it’s called “bäckebölja”, which is a really weird word even for Swedish standards and to my knowledge no one knows exactly how the word came about. But since “bäck” is “brook” in Swedish and “bölja” is an old fashioned word for “wave”, it’s most likely a reference to the wavy texture. It was mainly used for sheets and childrens’ clothes and the inspiration to use it in menswear came of course from the US and it’s not until the 20s it became more common in menswear in Sweden. Given that our climate makes seersucker wearable for only a few months a year it has never become more than a niche fabric in menswear and today it’s not that common in sheets either. But for some reason it continues to be pretty popular in children’s clothes. As a summer fabric, it’s hard to beat, and it has the great advantage of being easy to care for since it doesn’t crumple or wrinkle easily, like other summer fabrics like linen (which, by the way, is the fabric in the jacket above).

The jacket is a Loro Piana, the shirt from Drake’s, Berg & Berg tie, Eton ps, pants from Zegna, Buttero sneakers and the Panama is from Shibumi. Oh, and my son stole my Dunhill sunglasses and I don’t expect to ever get them back. Click on the headline for more pics.

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