Yeah but there's no tie loop or whatever it's called on the large blade.
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No matka experience (yet) but I do believe the consensus here is that it has a softer/more flowing hand than shantung. Not quite as dense.
From the other side of the equation (no Shantung), the Matka is quite light, likely heavier than a hopsack or cotton-linen but lighter than most cashmere, I think. Hope that helps.
Thanks Eric. The Matka is a great material but without a tie loop on the large blade (assume this is standard for Vanda?) the rakish "untucked" tie look is slightly off with this seemingly shorter length. 60+ for Vanda going forward!
Seems a reasonable enough assessment. I think I have mine made at 59".
I don't actually know regarding the tie keeper, but I believe it is a principle choice. For me, I don't think I've ever actually used a keeper in the last 5+ years (have worked with some firms who were annoyingly strict about such details), so the lack of one is something I forget more often than not.
Also @RuleOfRescue I'm also 6 foot and wear EP trousers, and I get all my Vanda ties done at 59" (to be precise, 3.25" x 59"). I'm fairly evenly proportioned, with a ~31" inseam giving me no break with most trousers, but if you have a longer torso YMMV. I find that 59" is a great length for me, and gives me room to play around with blade length, depending on tie/fit/mood. If your torso is longer, you could of course try lengthening your ties.
Additionally: I tie a four in hand at all times.