Madras: city of cotton?

calypso

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I was wondering if there was any connection between the city in India (Madras) and the plaid patterned cloth called madras. I have asked several people about this, including a few South Asians (one from Madras himself), but no one seems to know. I always assumed it must have been a pattern developed or created in the city, but there appears to be no evidence to bear this out. Is it possible that it's just a coincidence? But the pattern had to be called madras for some reason. Does the name have a meaning? If anyone has any information or knowledge on the origins of the word, could you please let me know. It is a small matter, but it's been bugging me for a long time. Thank you,
Calypso
 
  • elroy

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    calypso said:
    I was wondering if there was any connection between the city in India (Madras) and the plaid patterned cloth called madras. I have asked several people about this, including a few South Asians (one from Madras himself), but no one seems to know. I always assumed it must have been a pattern developed or created in the city, but there appears to be no evidence to bear this out. Is it possible that it's just a coincidence? But the pattern had to be called madras for some reason. Does the name have a meaning? If anyone has any information or knowledge on the origins of the word, could you please let me know. It is a small matter, but it's been bugging me for a long time. Thank you,
    Calypso

    madras
    1833, in allusion to the former Indian state of Madras, from which this type of bright-colored muslin cloth was exported.

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