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What is waxed canvas?

Waxed canvas is a tightly woven, usually cotton fabric that is known for its water resistance and durability. It originated centuries ago when sailors realized that their sales caught the wind better when they were wet. They began rubbing the sailcloth with linseed oil, and eventually, the cut-offs and used sails were used to make waterproof clothing for the sailors. It was the original method of waterproofing fabric and it is still popular today for bags, jackets, tents and more.

Waxed canvas today

The method with which waxed canvas is produced has changed somewhat over the years. Today, rather than rubbing linseed oil onto the fabric, the fabric is produced with the wax or oil already embedded into the fibers. It's unique appearance, durability, and water resistance has made it an extremely popular fabric for all kinds of products.