Sussi (cloth)

Sussi or susi (Soosey, Sousae)[1] was a term for multicolored striped or checkedcloth[1] produced in the Indian subcontinent. Sussi was thin handloom fabric made of cotton, silk, or a blend of the two, with colored warp stripes.[2][3][4][5]Punjab region was known for its production and exports during the Mughal period.[6] Sussi was most often made with red and blue, blue and white, or green and white stripes, but other patterns were also produced.[6] The fabric was exported to England, where sousaes were in great demand in the 18th century.[1]

Striped cloth.
This article is about the woven cloth. For other uses, see Sussi (disambiguation).

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Sussi was the umbrella term used for all striped fabrics.[6][5]

Sussi was plain fabric with warp vertical stripes.[7][6] Sussi was produced with cotton, with silk, or with blended cotton and silk.[8][9][10]

The fabric was 10 to 20 yards long and one yard in width.[1]

Sussi along with other cotton varieties was produced at Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Peshawar, Lahore, Multan, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jhang, Shahpur, Jalandhar, Delhi, Gurgaon, Rohtak, Karnal, Rewari, Panipat[11] and in Sindh.[12] Salari was a type of handloom-produced sussi made at Kalabagh in Mianwali District, Pakistan.[13]

The cloth was used to make lowers such as pajamas and salwars (loose trousers).[8][6] Blended sussi was used for pajamas and petticoats.[10]

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