World's Coolest® Patch Shirt

Our shirt keeps you cool in the warmest weather.


The word patch, short for the Telug, pach'chadamu, meaning "thin pieces of cloth at Madras," has been in use for more than 300 years to describe the lightweight patch madras used in one of the world's hottest climates. Our famous World's Coolest® Shirt is made of squares of pure cotton Indian madras that are stitched into a muted multipatch design. The cloth features an open weave to allow plenty of ventilation. From the cloth to the cut, designed for warm-weather wear. Button-through chest pocket. 100% cotton. Washable.
Sizes: S(34-36), M(38-40), L(42-44), XL(46-48), XXL(50-52).


Overall: 4.6/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 45 reviews

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42 of 45 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

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    Second time around - 3/25/2014
    By: from Lincoln, NE

    My husband had this shirt for several years. He loved it so much and wore it so often that it was showing wear. When I saw that it was still in your catalogue, I ordered a new one for his 75th birthday.

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    the reviewers were right! - 3/19/2014
    By: from Salem, OR

    When I read reviews on this shirt, several commented on the compliments they'd received. After wearing mine twice so far, I've had four compliments! Very nice-looking shirt, very comfortable.

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    Party shirt - 3/10/2014
    By: from Culebra,P.R.

    I had the shirt on at a Mardi Gras party last week and everyone told me how nice the shirt is and most said it had to be from Orvis,.because of the quality and look of the shirt.I was impressed because a lot of people had on various costumes but my shirt got most of the comments.I really like the look and feel also.Thanks

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    Good quality - 2/24/2014
    By: from San Antonio, Texas

    The shirt is attractive. Good soft material. I wear a large. This shirt was a little tight at the shoulders and the shirt tail was longer than I expected. I look forward to wearing it this summer in the Texas heat.

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    Dad loves the shirts - 12/31/2013
    By: from Texas

    One of my dad's favorite shirts. This is his 3rd one over the years.

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    I LOVE This Shirt! - 12/21/2013
    By: from Chicago, IL

    Ok, I'm embarrassed to say I ordered the wrong shirt the first time. I had purchased my husband the long sleeved version of the World's Coolest® Patch Shirt many years ago and he wore it so much I felt it needed replacing. I had no idea Orvis has a short sleeved version and I wasn't paying attention. Not only was Customer Service very helpful, Orvis allowed the return with no problem. I bought the correct, long sleeved version of the World's Coolest® Patch Shirt and my husband and I are thrilled!

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    cricket oh cricket. - 11/18/2013
    By: from perth australia

    saw the shirt and was transported back to the early 70's in england(albeit with penny collar).this will be my dedicated cricket viewing shirt as i swelter in west australian heat.

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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."

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