A strong, lightweight cotton fabric with multicolored plaid, checks, or stripes. Madras is usually imported from India and will bleed when washed. It is often used in men's and women's shirts and dresses.
A restaurant term for a fairly hot curry, possibly stemming from the early days if UK Indian restaurants. The city of Madras has a well established curry powder production industry which was introduced to provide ex-pat Brits from the East India Company with a source of spices on their return to the UK.
a fine plain-woven shirting and dress fabric usually of cotton with varied designs (as plaid) in bright colors or in white; a light open usually cotton fabric. 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. 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.
A lightweight plain weave cotton fabric with a striped, plaid, or checked pattern. A true madras will bleed when washed. This type of fabric is usually imported from India. End-uses are men's and women's shirts and dresses.
You will not find a traditional recipe for Madras curry. It is another restaurateurs invention. But the people of South India do eat hot curries; some original chef must have christened his hot curry madras and the name stuck.
A design with brightly colored stripes, plaid, checks, or other design elements, usually on a plain-colored background. Characteristic for a fine, plain-woven shirting or dress cotton fabric originated in India. Details...
The term madras has become synonymous with bold, colourful striped and checked handwoven cotton cloth from India. It gets its name from Madras, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, south east India. Many types of madras cottons are produced in Tamil Nadu: madras shirting, madras gauze, madras muslin, madras gingham and madras handkerchiefs, which in the early 19th century were woven with a silk warp and cotton weft. Sometimes the methods used in dyeing the cotton yarn, before weaving, are very haphazard. The dyestuff used are not always tested for light or wash fastness and quite often the dyed yarn is never given a very rigorous final wash so that surplus dye is still on the surface of the yarn. Many types of garments made from madras cotton were exported to the United States of America in the 1950s and 1960s. The impermanence of the colour was marketed a positive feature and became to known as bleeding madras.
Was a term used to describe a red and black check cotton fabric originating from Madras, India. It now is used freely to cover a wide range of lightweight plain and sateen woven cottons, inexpensive in price that are imported from India.
Hand loomed Indian cotton fabric in plaids, checks, or stripes all colorfully intermingled. Because the yarn is dyed with natural vegetable dyes, colors run together (bleeding), producing a muted effect. The weave itself has many slubs and imperfections.
Madras is a lightweight cotton fabric with patterned texture, used primarily for summer clothing -- pants, shorts, dresses and jackets. The fabric takes its name from the former English name of the city of Chennai, India.