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What is madras plaid

Madras Plaid is a lightweight cotton fabric with typically patterned texture and plaid design, used primarily for summer clothing such as pants, shorts, dresses, and jackets.

What is madras plaid. The fabric “madras plaid” takes its name from the former name of the city of Chennai in India.

Madras Plaids are considered a staple of the summer wardrobe of prep style enthusiasts.

Madras plaid patterns became very popular in the 1960s in the form of shirts, pants and jackets, when in fact it had been around for much longer.

Since there is not much information about this colorful, plaid summer fabric, it was about time for the Gentleman’s Gazette to dig a little deeper to find out more about Madras.

The madras fabric is named after the Indian city of Madras ( now known as Chennai ) from where it first made its way to the west. Madras was originally known as “Madraspatnam” and has a long history stretching back to at least the 2nd century. The first European traders that established a trading post in the area were Dutch, arriving in 1612. They traded mainly in the local calico cloth, which was in high demand.

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about Madras Plaid

Real Authentic Madras plaid comes from Chennai (a city in India, earlier known as Madras); both sides of the cloth have the same pattern.

About Madras Plaid, it is said earlier it used to be  handwoven (evidenced by the small flaws in the fabric) on a weaving machine called handloom.

Cotton madras is woven from a usually no so even, short-staple cotton fiber that is not of  combed quality, only carded, resulting in bumps known as slubs which are thick spots in the yarn that give madras its unique texture. The cotton is hand-dyed after being spun into yarn, woven and finished in some 200 small villages in the Madras area.

These days madras plaids are made on looms operated by electricity called power loom. Due to better uniformity required and quality expectation for export purposes, these power loom made madras plaid can be divided in 2 categories.