We choose to exclusively work with natural fibres. Our preferred are flax and cotton due to the availability in the heavier weights, its durability and of course what’s still produced by some of Britain’s most renowned establishments. The mills we work with have been manufacturing fabric since 1864 and the late 1880’s. The first was originally opened as a jute spinning and weaving mill in Dundee Scotland, but now specialises in finishing and proofing cottons. We opt to use their 24oz dry proofed canvas - it has a firm handle and highly weather resistant finish but maintains a natural look and high durability. Its part of our staple line and is available in Moss green, Black and Loomstate (natural).
The second mill originally developed a small range of cloth for the military. Continuing to do so to date we have managed to get access to some of this line. The olive drab coated flax and cotton rip-stop have a high UV resistance and a rot and waterproof finish. First used for Land Rover hoods, tents and water buckets it’s a highly effective finish that withstands the worst elements. The loom state flax on the other hand resists in a more natural way. A fibre rich with oil made into a closely woven canvas only repels water once submerged and dried a couple of times. This process swells the fibres and shrinks the spaces between them proofing the cloth and making it weather tight. This was the choice of cloth for naval ships a century ago along with hemp as its strength is increased when wet.