timeless classic and trendy accessory
Tarpaulin is a dense coarse fabric, tear-resistant and waterproof, which enjoys well-deserved popularity in the world. In the era of the birth of the sailing fleet, the predecessor of tarpaulin, canvas made from natural fibers (linen, cotton), was used to make sails. Later, tarpaulin became indispensable in the military industry: its unsurpassed strength allows you to sew tents, awnings, canopies, army boots, backpacks. In Russia, tarpaulin has traditionally been used for making tourist tents and backpacks. This material had only one drawback: it was rather heavy. But in terms of strength, there was no alternative to tarpaulin, so a tarpaulin tent or backpack was certainly in the arsenal of any tourist.
Modern technologies for the manufacture of tarpaulin provide for the mandatory impregnation of the material with water-repellent, anti-rotten, refractory compounds. Depending on the type of impregnation and the type of fibers used, the tarpaulin acquires certain properties. But there are different types of tarps and common characteristics:
- density for puncture and tear;
- high breathability;
- wear resistance;
- moisture resistance.
Modern chemical compounds that are used for impregnation make the material resistant to high temperatures, which makes it possible to use tarpaulin when sewing overalls and military equipment. The “military theme” has found application in everyday life: today in the online store you can buy a city backpack, the design reminiscent of popular models of military backpacks from the middle of the last century.
Tarpaulin today: a variety of options
If in the past this material did not differ in richness of colors, today, with the use of synthetic fibers and dyes, tarpaulin fabrics have become much more original. Polyester additives make it possible to evenly color the material in a variety of shades, both pastel and saturated — for example, lilac.
Designers do not get tired of experimenting, combining tarpaulin with natural or artificial leather and suede. The strength of the material allows you to use various fasteners when developing models of bags and backpacks, decorate products with carabiners, zippers, and stylish overhead flaps.
Tarpaulin tolerates dyeing well, so on bags, backpacks made of this material you can often see bright, expressive prints or screen printing. Such options are especially relevant for models in the unisex style.
Another unusual solution is a glossy tarpaulin, which is not inferior in strength to the classic one, and surpasses other materials in external expressiveness:
The rigidity of the fabric and the geometric shapes of tarpaulin backpacks allow you to carry a laptop or tablet with you without fear for the safety of the gadget.
How to care for a canvas bag?
Like any textile material, tarpaulin requires periodic cleaning. Modern large-capacity washing machines easily cope with washing bags in a delicate automatic mode. If there are single spots on the product, you can not wash the entire bag, but treat the problem areas with a brush and warm water and soap.
Otherwise, tarpaulin is a versatile material. A backpack or canvas bag will last for years, even if you wear it daily and travel by public transport. The fabric will not fade, because the tarpaulin is not afraid of ultraviolet rays. The bag will not lose its shape because the canvas is resistant to deformation. It is also an undoubted advantage of a tarpaulin — its environmental friendliness: the material is absolutely safe for humans and does not cause allergic reactions.
It is interesting
- Heavy-duty modern tarpaulin was used in the construction of the international space station. The tarpaulin, consisting of several layers of fiberglass, steel fibers with the addition of ceramics and glass, covered the openings of the docking hatches. The material served for two years, after which it returned safely to earth.
- The founders of Freitag decided 20 years ago to make bags from used tarpaulin, which was used to cover truck bodies. Freitag bags are sold in Switzerland, Japan, European countries. The founders of the company became millionaires.
- A thin tarpaulin made from long fibers of Egyptian cotton was used in tailoring for British pilots during the Second World War. In water, the fibers swelled and did not allow moisture to penetrate closer to the body. Not so long ago, this technology was used in the development of the Supermarine Rain Shirt, a water-repellent shirt.
- The density of the tarpaulin depends on the linear density of the yarn and the type of impregnation. In some types of material, the density can reach 900 g/m². The higher the density of the tarp, the more expensive it is. Manufacturers indicate the density and type of impregnation when marking the tarpaulin.
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