- May 22, 2015
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I'm aware of Fresco as a patented term like Velcro. But it's under the context of similarity between seersucker and Fresco I mentioned they are weaves to point out they can't be compared with yarns. Seersucker and Fresco can be made of either linen or silk. Since this is not a thread about Fresco nor do I have an opinion about it I'll refrain from making further comment on this subject.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.