Madras is not to be confused with plaid—but it can come in plaids. Madras (MAD-dras, not mah-DRAS, as I’ve discovered) is a loosely woven cotton fabric from Madras, India.
Fun fact? Apparently Indians in Madras were fond of Scottish tartans in the 1800s and appropriated them, adding their own spin and colors on it. Later, madras made its way to America in the early 1900s. Also, Madras typically fades with time, which makes it an ideal fabric for preps (or anyone else who believes in buying quality but with less frequency).
I had the good luck to meet Jenna Sisselman, the founder and owner of Cape Madras last summer when we were in Freeport, Maine. I own the Cape Madras fun skirt in a Lilly-inspired pink and green madras that I love, though I may branch out into some darker shades that will get me through fall too.
Want to start from scratch with some madras fabric? Check out Just Madras’ fabric by the yard.
Do you own any madras items? Madras is a great fabric, and perfect for summer. Don’t let the patterns scare you away!
Keep an eye out next Wednesday—Preps Out of Place will be back!