- Jan 2, 2013
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What's your favorite summer fabric?
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Seersucker and fresco are fabric weaves
If we're going to be technical, my understanding is that Fresco is not a weave, but a brand of tropical wool. Much like Kleenex is a brand of tissue paper and Coca Cola is a brand of soda.
Fresco refers to fabrics with an open weave, woven from twisted yarns.
I think you're describing tropical wool. Fresco is a brand owned by Minnis/ HFW.
We are the opposite and I envy you, especially in the next 3 months. Usually I can find enough warm clothes from spring summer collection to wear throughout the year.None of them. I dress exactly the same in summer as in winter. Just less or more from everything.
This is written on the Gladson's page: "Fresco is designed with a high twist worsted yarn and porous plain weave". Or as I said it refers to fabrics with an open weave, woven from twisted yarns.
Did you notice that they capitalize the word Fresco on thier page? That's because it's a branded name for tropical wool. Tropical wool is an open-weave material made with yarns that have been given an extra twist. The extra twist gives the yarn a bit more strength and stiffness, which is what allows the weaver to make that open weave. It's called tropical wool because it's breathable in hot environments.
Online, the term has become synonymous with tropical wool. I don't think this is technically correct, but it's also how language works. I've talked with silk printers who think of the word foulard as referring to extra heavyweight silk. Others use it to refer to the small geometric prints characteristic of Macclesfield silks.
Fresco is a brand of tropical wool, much like how Kleenex is a brand of tissue paper. Or Coca Cola is a brand of soda. It's not really a weave, even though it's sometimes colloquially used in this manner.
Put it another way: there are other companies that offer tropical wool, such as Fox Brothers (Fox Air), Smiths (Finmeresco), and Holland & Sherry (Crispaire). You wouldn't say "please give me a length of Fox Air Fresco" or "please give me a length of Crispaire Fresco." Fresco is something that's sold under the Minnis name, just like how Finmeresco is sold through Smiths.