Definition of Madras

Fiber: Cotton - some in rayon and silk.

Weave: Plain, also dobby or jacquard for designs.

Characteristics: Originated in Madras, India and it is a very old cloth. Much of it has a plain colored background with stripes, plaid, checks, or designs on it. Has a high thread count and fine. Made with combed or carded yarns depending on the quality. Some is mercerized to make it lustrous and durable. Often the dyes are not fast and with each washing, color changes take place.

Uses: Men's and women's sportswear of all kinds, dresses, separates, shirts.

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