Madras is the name given to a particular style of cotton fabric used in many places across the world and extensively by designers such as Ralph Lauren. Madras cotton is used to great effect in many of the Caribbean islands as the basis for their national costumes. The fabric originated in the Southeast region of India called Madras by the British but later renamed as Chennai by the Indian government. It has a long history of being hand woven and made using bright colours. This is thought to have been reflective of the hot climate and foliage of the place where the fabric was made.

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