origins of patchwork (madras) fabric?

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 Have always wondered about the origin of the old original
 madras patchwork.   Perhaps the producers of un-patchworked
 items in India looked at all the cutting scraps and thought
 they should not go to waste.  But I don't know and I don't
 see any discussion on the Internet.

 It was disfavored in my family of origin because it
 didn't "hang right" and indeed that may be an issue in
 some styles.  (Although IIRC, madras was not uncommonly
 lined in very fine cotton, patchwork or no.)

 Wondering if the current minor vogue will continue
 or fade away.  

Re: origins of patchwork (madras) fabric?

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Cycyec , Originally all patchwork , started because people valued
cheriched all cloth , and never threw it away, Evaluating the time it
cost them to make each piece.
In fact, in forner times , Clothes almost weren`t  cut , they were
Formed on the ladies By folding and tucking , stiching the tucks in
place and than , after appearing several times in this dress , they
were  `unfolded`, and refolded=3Dmolded into a different looking dress.
Maria Antoianette had 30 seamstresses , who did just this ,,
Than Clothes were sent dowards the ladder ,,, to be made or used by
Lower status people /children etc,,
Only with the Industrial revolution they began cutting cloth for
sewing ,,,, and thus having unused parts , which were quickly put into
use as smaller items and or patches ,,
There are many books you can read around this subjects ,,

The art of Dress Clothes and society 1500-1914, by Jane Ashford , The
National Trust , 1996.
Restyling your wardrobe by the editors of Time-Life , 1976,
The Complete Encyclopedia of Needlework By Threse de DIllmont ,
Running Press, 1996 .
And my favorite,,,,,,in a book called Teach yourself DRSSMAKING , by
Isobel Horner , rev by Lois Gbriel,  The English Universities, 1959 ,
There is a chapter called Renovation and remodelling ,,,, page 219
A Woman`s suit from a Man`s , Crettone Curtains ,[ when she makes new
curtains she turns the old ones into a overalls or aprons ],
The idea is the same , the will to use your invested money [or time ]
as much as possible , not to waste anything ,,,
In this times when we all know that we endanger earth ,, we should
reuse what we have ..

Re: origins of patchwork (madras) fabric?
responding to
OrganicCotton&Patchwork wrote:
I dont know how Madras fabric originated, but i sure know where its
headed....and its headed for today's fashion glory.
Thats right: Madras is here to stay, and is making its mark as today's
preppy look.
I bought some for shorts, at Atlantis fabrics, and boy am i glad i
did-they look great.

cycjec wrote:

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Organic Cotton & preppy madras fabric, clothing and towels
all organic n preppy, are you?

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