Emblematic fabric of Antillean island, the traditional madras is a 100% light cotton fabric that is recognized by its brightly colored squares and stripes in which is made both everyday wear and that of special occasions, it is often decorated with 'white lace for a touch of coquetry. read more
During the colonial period the English will make this fabric in the city of Madras (Current Chennai - South India) out of dyed banana threads, for their liveliness and their shine, but this thread proved to be brittle and the fabric insufficiently resistant. The Indians mixed the banana fiber with another natural fiber : the cotton. Since woven only in cotton for its solidity, Madras is a dyed woven offering a wide possibility of designs and colors, creating a richness in the current Antillean clothing culture.