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This is a real Madras textile from Tamil Naidu in south india. The real Madras Handkerchief, RMHK, was made only for export. There are also other checked and plaid export fabrics from India, like gingham, george cloth, Madras check and Madras cloth. During the long trade histoy of the cloth there was the rumor that it all started with with tartan plaids of the Scottish regiments, but in fact it was only the description of the european for their orders as „in the pattern of Scotch tartan“ that started these confusion. In fact plaid fabrics were in use in India long before any Highland regiments were sent abroad, and it’s not like they „imitating foreign patters“ as James Forbes Watson describes in his book about indian textiles.
Draped and wrapped garments are the most common form of clothing for both men and women in South Asia.They appear to be the oldest form of attire in South Asia. Stitched garments entered the region with ancient migrations of people from Central Asia.
We made this set together with a tailor from New Delhi, India. The blouse is a normal shirt style, the wrap around skirt is with a hole in the back to pass the long ribbons from the same textile through to close it.
100 % Cotton Sizes for the blouse in Small
Skirt in one size: Lenght of the skirt 54 cm, width 1,38