World's Coolest® Cotton Madras Shirt

Beat the heat in these stylish plaid Madras shirts.


You'll stay cool and comfortable in this handsome Madras shirt, cut from our open, square-woven cotton fabric very nearly as lightweight as our World's Coolest shirting material for breathability and a relaxed fit. Dyed in a rainbow of muted colors—subtle variations ensure that no two shirts are exactly alike—this Madras shirt boasts a button-through patch pocket, center front placket, and back box pleat. Spread collar. Pure cotton. Washable. Imported.
Sizes: M(38-40), L(42-44), XL(46-48), XXL(50-52).


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.3 / 5 based on 101 reviews


83 of 101 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 2/5

    great looking - 9/8/2014

    great looking but was not warned that it is cut very narrow. Definitely not your average medium fit.

  • 5/5

    Shirt is actually cool. - 9/8/2014
    By: from San Jose, CA

    We've had such hot weather that I've worn this shirt both for going out and staying around the house. My wife says its a happy looking shirt.

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  • 5/5

    Very nice cotton shirt - 8/23/2014
    By: from Grapevine, TX

    these shirts seem to be the perfect choice for warmer climates. Looking forward to wearing them

  • 5/5

    Very nice/comfortable fabric - 8/12/2014
    By: from Bozeman, MT

    While haven't laundered yet very nice, comfortable ... Very pleased with everything about it!

  • 2/5

    Disappointed - 7/31/2014
    By: from Bay City, Michigan

    Liked the shirt, but don't understand a Medium having a 16 3/4" collar. Then when I attempted to replace it with a Small ... it was out of stock / no longer available. As a first time customer ... have to say, I am not impressed.

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  • 4/5

    good product and service - 7/28/2014

    easy on-line purchase and prompt delivery. shirt was however stained. customer service was very responsive in return and in sending out a replacement at no additional cost. I like the site and will use it again.

  • 5/5

    Nice shirt - 7/23/2014

    I'm very pleased with this shirt. A great color combination goes with many pant options. Classy.

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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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