A fine, hand loomed cotton imported from Madras, India. The Federal Trade Commision has ruled that this is deceptive to apply this term to a fabric which does not meet this description. In addition, the FTC definition requires that any dyes used on this fabric must be vegetable dyes which will bleed (the colors will run into each other). The fact that the FTC felt called upon to make such a definition is some indication of the popularity of Madras and imitation Madras fabrics in recent years. The authentic Madras and its imitations usually have checked or plaid designs; with time, as the colors bleed into each other with washing, true Madras develops extremely soft colorings. It should, of course, be washed by hand separately from other fabrics.