Patch Madras Shorts

Pure breathable cotton makes these plaid Madras shorts for men a summertime classic.


Muted earth-tone patches of breathable pure cotton lend these plaid madras shorts classic summertime looks. Cut for comfort whether you're relaxing at home or on the move, these shorts have quarter-top pockets and two button-through rear pockets. Self-fabric interior waistband. Plaid madras shorts for men in multipatch. Pure cotton. Plain front. Washable. Imported.
Even waist sizes: 38, 42. Inseam 11".


Overall: 3.7/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 3.7 / 5 based on 11 reviews

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8 of 11 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

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    What I Wanted - 9/18/2012
    By: from Baltimore,MD

    These madras shorts were exactly what the old prep in me wanted. I have always enjoyed my madras shirts and the shorts are just as cool and comfortable, Thanks.

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    Nice Fit - 7/17/2012

    Good value for the price. I do find that the fly zipper gets stuck with ecess material.

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    Hamptons summer - 6/26/2012

    Great Madras shorts fit is true to size , product has well finished seams and a sturdy fabric

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    no title - 6/15/2012
    By: from rock island, illinois

    I ordered two pairs of shorts, same size, at the same time. The patch madras shorts were @ 1 1/2 inches shorter at the waist, even though they were listed as the same. I sent them back, which I rarely do with Orvis products. I think these should be removed from the catalog, or at least, re-sized. PTS

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    rave - 6/13/2012
    By: from westerly,ri

    y 47 year old son wanted "somerthing from Orvis". He raved about the madras shorts....absolutely loved them!

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    Wrong sized madras - 6/5/2012
    By: from Avon ct

    The first pair of 38" waist madras shorts measured at 42" so I returned them to the avon ct store and ordered another pair being assured the sizing problem was resolved. The second pair arrived and also measured 42". I returned them as well and called it quits not daring to re-order a third time. C'est la vie.

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    disappointed - 7/9/2011

    Bought two pair, one for son in law and one for myself. Was not the quality I had come to expect from Orvis. Son in law's pair has stitching missing in the crotch area, will be returning them.

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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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