Loss of colour in a dyed fabric in the wash or by any other solvent, causing the fabric to discolour to a fighter tone. (In the 1950s and 1960s, a plaid cotton fabric dyed in natural dyes produced in Madras, present day Chennai in South India, was called ‘Bleeding Madras’, because its unique feature was that with every wash the colour would bleed, leaving an interesting composition of fighter and slightly changed colours. With the coming of chemical dyes, Bleeding Madras remains only a memorable fad of the past.)