Dreamt up in Chicago, baked in the Texas sun.
Simply put, waxed canvas is canvas infused with wax. Waxed canvas was originally used by mariners during the 15th century. Mariners determined that sailcloth applied with fish oils or grease was the most efficient way to sail. Capes were cut from the same cloth to keep the sailors dry. The signature yellow of fisherman's clothing came from the yellowing of pure linseed oil. Now, waxed canvas is used in many things, such as motorcycle jackets, backpacks, or shoes. The waxed canvas I use was dreamt up in Chicago and baked in the Texas sun. Here at Bliss Joy Bull, I use waxed canvas in my wallets, makeup bags, and toiletry bags.
I start with 100% hemp canvas. I've partnered with a company that uses 100% triple filtered beeswax in the waxing process. Once the fabric is waxed, it's baked in the sun, where the wax permeates into the fabric. The result is a durable fabric that repels water. It also alters the appearance of the fabric, creating a more rigid material. As an added bonus, waxing the canvas with beeswax imparts a subtle honey scent.
Other items are made with a petroleum based waxed canvas. Like this mini backpack, below.
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