Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 54 reviews
51 of 54 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Without Equal! -
By: Sonnie from WI.
Own one and wanted 2 more for friends. NEVER wore anything that drew so many compliments as "like it", "great shirt", "I'd like one", etc. .............And now it's "unavailable"!?? How very sad!
Great Shirt -
By: GeorgeEB from Centre Al
This is a great shirt. I get compliments all the time. Very well made shirt.
By: 12xxjohn from florida
Splendid colors perfect fit cloth wieght very comfortable! This shirt is exactly what everyone needs. i'm pleased.
My New Favorite Shirt -
By: irishdad1 from Chicago, Illinois
I have owned countless summer shirts but this one is my all-time favorite! It looks good, feels good, and is very comfortable on hot, humid days. The assorted color patches make the shirt compatible with virtually any solid color pants or shorts. I receive compliments whenever I wear this shirt. As always, the product quality is outstanding.
By: urizen from Fredericton, NB, Canada
zany and casual at the same time, with colours muted and not overstated. This shirt always makes me feel upbeat. Allen Bentley
unmatched patch madras -
By: OPaul from Hendersonville, NC
superb stitching 0f madras patches insures original quality of this shirt through countless washings after cool wearings on hottest days. Combo of colors presents a pleasing, even arresting appearance.
the good old days -
By: 2narley from Sarasota, FL
what a find...you get what you pay for and this one is worth every penny! Quality throughout.
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 Traditional madras, named for the city where it was originally made, is a fine cotton fabric, yarn-dyed with vegetable dye in solid colors or plaid and striped patterns.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."