I dont think I have even seen a fabric as "interesting" as patchwork madras.
Patchwork madras is basically fabric that is made by sewing together pieces of regular woven madras fabrics, or plaid fabrics, into a labyrinth of criss-crossing lines of plaid, which form a combination of colors, otherwise impossible to achieve in any other fabric form.
Patchwork madras has gained popularity as a preppy staple fabric for use as shorts, shirts, skirts, belts, ties, bowties, hankies, childrens clothing, sport coats, and even in dog clothing and pooch wear.
I think it is to do with the myriad of colors that are thrown into one fabric alone, that make patchwork madras so interesting, and a fabric of choice for clothing manufacturers, sewing enthusiasts, and preppy clothing labels.
Especially for children's and kids clothing, such as shorts, skirts, pants, shirts, dresses, and other accessories, patchwork madras is the fabric of choice, because I think its the excitement this fabric brings to the garment.
Patchwork madras is truly unique in that, no other fabric manages to combine as many colors into one, without it being almost comical.
The real Patchwork madras, for it to be called madras, would need to be sewn together using pieces of madras plaid fabric, woven in India, especially in the southern city of Madras, famous for this fabric.
Patchwork madras is always made from pieces of 100% cotton plaid fabric, and almost never of other fibers such as polyesters or blends.
I remember, during one of my visits to a weaving factory, seeing thousands of yards of fabric strewn around, drowning the sewing-cutting rooms in colors of plaids, and all fabrics being made ready to join together into patchworks of infinite colors...what an experience that was.
But even more amazing was the end product, and how the chaos of different plaids seemed to come together perfectly, and form a beautifully preppy wearable cloth.
Great job madras-makers !!