The polar opposites of fashion here: the modern abstraction of De Stijl, the old abstraction of plaid. The text assures you that the latter "bleeds."



Many weavers have learned from generations of weavers who have gone before them, resulting in a textile rich with cultural DNA and so revered it is protected by the Indian government. Ironically, Indians themselves eschew madras for much of anything except pajamas because of its somewhat negative association with the madras sarongs worn by the working class. In America cotton madras plaids enjoy continued appeal among the well-heeled—the proverbial “another man’s treasure” wisdom in action.

That’s quite a story for one little shirt. Next time you reach for your madras plaids, you’ll know you’re wearing something special.

You may not be surprised to learn that the article is flagged because "This article or section may have been copied and pasted from a source." Like the annual report of Madras Makers Association of America.