Sailcloth fabric is very similar to canvas and can be woven in a plain weave, basket weave or a rib weave. Like Canvas, it is available in various weights depending on the end use requirements. Sailcloth is generally constructed using fibres such as cotton, linen, jute and viscose or blends of these. The term ‘Sailcloth’ comes from the fact that heavier weights of this fabric have been used for centuries to make sails on boats. This fabric has only more recently been used in garments, since the late 19th Century, but it is only the lighter weights that are suitable for this purpose.

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Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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