Last Chance Dept.
Madras may be safely described as “three months of hot, nine months of hotter.”
Remedies for beastly weather exist, but none more portable, none cooler, none more elegant or lighthearted than a Madras Shirt from Madras.
(Curious, isn’t it, the hotter the climate, the hotter the food? Try vindaloos.)
When the English first arrived, centuries ago, the natives of Madras were observed immunizing themselves against the climate with a diet of naranga curry, made with 25 dry chilies and six green ones. The English, who valued their lips, declined.
The British Raj instead bumbled around briefly with pith helmets, soaking them in water first thing each morning hoping for an evaporative updraft.
No wonder they lost India.
Genuine Madras Shirt (No. 3654). Made in India of wonderfully cool cotton. Long-sleeved and prewashed for softness. Point collar with topstitching. Seven buttons down center front. Adjustable mitered cuffs.
Men’s sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL.
Colors: Primary Patchwork, Pastel Patchwork.
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Fabric Content: 100% Cotton.
Care Instructions: Machine Washable.
Length: Ranges from 31 1/4" to 33 1/4". Varies by size.