Overall: 4.6 / 5 based on 21 reviews
19 of 21 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Good choice -
By: Renato from Sao Paulo - Brazil
I bought the shirt as a gift to my brother but I prefer 100% cotton pieces.
Great SHirt -
By: WMacK from High Rock Lake, NC
Top 25 Contributor
This is the second SS Pinpoint Madras Shirt I have ordered. Fabric is initially a bit stiff. but light in weight and breathes very well. After first wash fabric softens. Wrinkle free quality is superb. Received numerous compliments.
Not entirely happy -
By: DrCrippen from London, UK.
I'm fairly happy with the shirt but the cloth is heavier than I had expected. Also, it is longer in the body than I had expected and there was no way of knowing this from the description in the catalogue. But my wife likes it, so I decided not to send it back.
Buttons too close to neck. -
I really like your shirts, but I find that the top buttons on some of your shirts are too close to my neck. I do have a large neck, it is 17 1/2 to 18, so maybe this is why. An extra large shirt is too big. Oh well, maybe I should just secure a bobby pin with the fastener on the inside of the shirt, as a solution that your retail store and I came up with. What do you think?
Great Shirt -
By: Brucer from Shreveport, LA
I am "full figure guy" and some shirt I ahve purchased from other companies are designed with a slim fit in order to reduce the cost to produce. This shirt is comfortable and appears to be well made. My only bad comment concerns your shirts in general. I have noticed over the last few years that many of your shirts begin to wear badly after only a year of use. I have purchased your shirts for many years and have found this to be the only negative factor in purchasing from orvis. Better quality control would help.
Absolutely No-Iron -
By: Schneider from St Louis, MO
This shirt along with the other two I purchased are beautiful fabric & truly are no-iron.
A little too colorful for me! -
By: AlaskaBear from Anchorage, Alaska
Top 1000 Contributor
This shirt had some very bright colors that were not as visible online that were a little too colorful for my taste. However, it was a very nice quality shirt that I returned for somone else to enjoy!
High Quality -
By: Druggist from Bend, Oregon
I am very pleased with the shirts. Very high quality and very easy to maintain. Will purchase more over time.
Great shirt, but not madras -
By: msinykin from San Francisco Bay Area, CA
I have this shirt in two colors and it is great. Read the catalog description carefully, however: the fancy plaid patterns may be reminiscent of madras shirts, but the fabric is completely different -- it is a tightly woven, medium-weight, crisp (but not stiff), no iron pinpoint oxford cloth. If you want a cool, light, madras-like fabric (but not in a madras plaid pattern), I strongly recommend the two patterns of the "World's Coolest® Cotton Madras Shirt", which I also own.
A summer classic, 5,000 years in the making
Madras is made exclusively for Orvis in one of the world’s hottest climates. Pure cotton madras cloth comes from India, where cotton has been hand-woven into fabric for more than 5,000 years. India’s long tradition of textile production lends a distinctive air of craftsmanship to our men's and women’s patch madras clothing. This lightweight fabric is ideal for summer—it breathes so well because it is woven in a 60/40 thread count, keeping the fabric light yet strong.
India manufactures about 6 billion yards of fabric every year, more than half of which is woven by hand. Textiles are a major factor of the nation’s economy—thanks to the climate, which is ideal for growing cotton, and the skill of millions of native craftspeople. Traditional madras, named for the city where it was originally made, is a fine cotton fabric, yarn-dyed with vegetable dye in solid colors or plaid and striped patterns. These organic dyes ran or ‘bled’ every time the madras was washed, developing a telltale blurred effect over time.
Today, most madras is still made in southeast India, but it is dyed with stable chemical dyes to prevent this loss of color. Our madras clothing is made of end-to-end madras. This pastel-hued fabric is woven by alternating dyed and white yarns in the warp and weft, resulting in a subtle depth of color. The bolts of end-to-end madras are then cut into squares and sewn back together to make another single piece of fabric, a process perfected in India. Even our word patch comes from India-it's an abbreviation of the Telug word pach'chadamu, meaning "two pieces of cotton cloth joined together." By the late 1700s, patch was commonly in use in English, defined as "thin pieces of cloth at Madras."