Newly launched on site, our Limited Edition Madder Ties collection are handmade in England and made from the finest quality madder silk. Madder silk ties and accessories are quintessentially British, they provide a unique and superior quality that is incredibly distinguished and has a deliberately different handle.
To help celebrate the new collection, we thought why not include in this weeks product focus series...
HISTORY OF MADDER SILK
The English Madder silk tie is recognised worldwide as an icon of British style. The “Madder” in Madder silk refers to a plant: Rubia Tinctorum, from which natural dyes can be extracted for use on fabrics.
The origins of the plant date all the way back to 1500 BCE, and it’s also been used in various locations such as Africa, Greece, Italy, and Central Asia. Fun fact: Madder natural red dye root is suggested to be the earliest form of lipstick, discovered by chance when early Africans enjoyed eating the root.
WHAT MAKES MADDER TIES SO SPECIAL?
Madder ties are now always printed on a twill silk fabric that has been treated with gum arabica, leading to a distinctive finish and feel; this is referred to by the experts and those in the industry as a chalk hand.
All our Madder ties are hand screen printed for ultimate quality and eye appeal. However, this is a more traditional but costly & labour intensive route. In our opinion, hand-screen-printed Madder is the closest to the original root/vegetable-dyed silk – still utilising a variety of pigments and balancing chemistry and human contact to dye and discharge the Madder silk.
WHAT PATTERN DO MADDER TIES HAVE?A statement and trademark of Madder is its association with ‘Paisley’ designs – as it is known in the English speaking world. Paisley, a town in Scotland with a rich heritage of silk printing, had taken inspiration and artistic development from the stunning Kashmiri shawls that had come back to Britain via the Empire.
In addition to the Paisley design developed in Scotland, Macclesfield became known for, and still remains, extremely gifted at the production of geometric prints. This small, neat and often-evenly-spaced, curvy pattern somewhat mimics what many would see as the heart of a Paisley design. The limited-edition collection we have curated features these bespoke geometric designs designed and made in Macclesfield.
Paisley or Geometric madder ties are often seen as a unique and stylish alternative to traditional stripe ties, often seen throughout US college campuses and universities since the 1930s.
HOW TO WEAR YOUR MADDER TIE?
The Madder tie is not only a statement piece and bold in design, but it is also genuinely versatile with a mixture of shirts and jackets. In the most general terms, madder ties are particularly well-suited for Autumn, although they can be worn year-round depending on your colour palette of choice.
Madder ties are usually combined with rich, textured jacket fabrics such as wool or tweed and paired with an Oxford button-down shirt for a classic British heritage look. Most heavier fabrics with some heft and texture will pair well with madder silk ties due to the richness within the hand screen print of the tie.
Outside of rich, darker tones, the beauty of Madder is that it will sit comfortably with almost any colour of navy, blue or grey, while it will also lift an array of other shades. The ties and distinctive patterns match beautifully with a smart casual look, sportscoat, or even a country suit. For dressier occasions, rusts, golds and burgundy colours work very well with the lighter shades of summer cotton & linen blazers.