Madras Cropped Pants

Liven up your summer wardobe with our patch-madras cropped pants for women.


As vibrant as a tropical landscape, these lightweight cropped pants for women are pieced from soft, cotton madras patches. Smooth waist with zip-fly front and belt loops. Cropped legs with 25" inseam. Cropped pants for women in multi patch. Pure cotton. Washable. Imported.
Sizes: 6, 12, 18.


Overall: 4.2/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.2 / 5 based on 21 reviews

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18 of 21 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

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    Fun colors - 1/17/2013
    By: from Madison, WI

    The Colors grabbed my attention; the length is great for all my activities. I'm 5'4" so sometimes the capri length is lon-gish. These are just right. The fit is comfy for moving and doing Ready for spring anytime!.

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    Great colors in a madras!! - 1/16/2013
    By: from hot south Texas
    Top 10 Contributor

    I still want these pants to fit me in the waist. I love the colors and the quality of the fabric! Either I have to take a couple of inches off my waist or keep ordering waists with elastic somewhere. Awesome madras crops!

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    under whelming - 1/9/2013
    By: from Michigan

    I had been wanting these since spring of 2012 but wouldn't pay the $89 regular price. Now they are on clearance for $44 and an additional 20% off!! Woo-hoo! I ordered them in my regular size(16). I waited anxiously for them to arrive. I was so disappointed! They run small, and are unlined. They are not the quality pant I expected, I am sending them back.

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    good purchase for warm weather - 1/9/2013

    Nice fit, quality material. I would purchase again and definitely would recommend this product.

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    Nicer Than Expected! - 12/29/2012
    By: from Redondo Beach, CA

    Really well made! Felt all those patchwork seams would add bulk and be likely to split; neither was true. Just couldn't resist ordering these for an Amazon coral and aqua were the colors I was packing. I wore them several times and, while the sizing was a little snug, they were very cool and nothing gave way, despite the lightweight fabric! Again, just very impressed with the QUALITY.

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    Great, as always - 12/28/2012
    By: from Waren,ohio

    I got this set for my wife and she LOVES them. Could not ask for better quality,service and style!!

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    Madras is Back - 10/22/2012
    By: from Atlanta, GA

    I admired these cropped pants for weeks and am glad I finally ordered them. They are just what I needed for all of my solid tops, and fit like a dream.

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    Querky pants - 8/29/2012

    Unusual but with an interesting range of colours. Well finished patchwork

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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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