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Pure madras is made with 100% cotton fiber, carded and not combed. The major producer of this type of fabric is India. This is because a garment is considered as Madras only if it originates in Madras, which is a real place in India. 

Although Madras fabric is mainly associated with India, it is also produced by other countries like China, but in small quantities.  

What is Madras Fabric?

Madras fabric is a colorful and lightweight fabric with plaid patterns. The fabric is easily identifiable because it contains detailed plaid, stripe, or check patterns. 

Madras is considered a warm weather fabric since it is loosely woven. Since the patterns are hand woven, both sides of the fabric have the same pattern. 

Madras fabric is manufactured using almost all colors, including the semi-permanent vegetable dyes that were also used in the early days. 

History of Madras Fabric

Madras fabric has its root in Chennai, Southeast India. The fabric is named after a place called Madras, which was initially known as Madraspatnam. 

The first reported case of woven Madras fabric in history was before the 13th century when it made its way to East Asia and Africa. 

Early Madras fabric was made with bleeding, natural vegetable dyes. This resulted in clothes changing colors over time, creating what looked like a new piece of garment. 

Bleeding was popular at the time since customers considered the changing of colors as something unique.

However, the practice has faded away with time. Today, most of the Madras fabrics are made using chemical and non-bleeding dyes.  

Characteristics of Madras Fabric

  • Has a patterned and textured surface
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Soft and smooth

Uses of Madras Fabric

Madras fabric is suitable for summer clothing. But in addition to daily wear, it is also used for home decor. The fabric is used to make:

  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Jackets
  • Mats
  • Pillow covers 
  • Table cloths