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By BUD for Fabrics-textiles.com
Bleeding Madras is madras fabric essentially, and in the same kind of plaid patterns as regular madras plaid fabrics are.
However, bleeding madras is woven using yarns that have been dyed and colored, using only vegetable dyes, and no commercial synthetic dyes. This was the traditional way that madras fabrics had always been woven on handlooms in India, lent a particular characteristic to the fabric, that was unique.
Upon washing this fabric, the yarn dyes would "bleed" or the colors would run, since these were not color-fast dyes, and some of the colors would intermingle as well, giving the fabric a washed out "worn" look, and this was a very vintage look.
Bleeding madras was the name that was coined for this washed out look of madras plaid fabric, and it was highly sought after.
Bleeding madras is a vintage heirloom and is reminiscent of a tradition that exudes class, style and summery elegance.