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 114 reviews


95 of 114 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    cotton madras shirt - 1/5/2015
    By: from Boca Raton, FL

    very nice shirt with short sleeves. useful for warm weather like we have in Florida. A little too big for me but Orvis does not sell this shirt in my small size so I have to live with it being too large.

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    Great stuff... - 12/15/2014
    By: from Morton Grove, Il.

    This shirt is typical of everything i've been buying from you folks..."great stuff"! Be it Marino sweaters (I have every color) or Barbour, or a leather bomber jacket...whatever it is,it's all quality, and it shows.

  • 1/5

    Disappointed - 12/6/2014
    By: from Massachusetts

    The colors on the actual shirt and the picture shown in the catalog were two different things altogether.

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    comfy shirt - 11/13/2014
    By: from South Wales

    This shirt is well made, comfortable and will last for years.

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    Orvis products are great! - 11/11/2014
    By: from Cartersville, GA

    You cannot beat the quality and price for all Orvis products. I will continue to purchase and make Orvis the main stream in my wardrobe.

  • 5/5

    Perfection - 10/16/2014

    Another hit for Orvis....beautiful cut, material and fit.

  • 5/5

    great fit & look - 10/15/2014
    By: from Boynton Beach, FL

    I've been looking for a shirt that I could wear with any color pants. this shirt filled the need. it's many colors match just about every pair of pants I have. it is comfortable & it is true to size. it was priced right & is a good value. I have recommended Orvis to all my friends.

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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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