Monday, May 4, 2015

What Type of Fabric is Cotton Duck?

Cotton Duck canvas is by far the most popular workwear fabric among people. The term “duck” originates from the Dutch word doek, which means “lined canvas”. Duck fabrics were earlier used for sailors clothing and sails. The cotton duck fabric is a very tightly woven fabric and typically has two yarns in the warp and one in the weft. Due to its tight weave and smooth finish, the fabric is incredibly resistant to snagging and wind.

The fabric though initially is heavy and quite stiff, becomes less stiff after washing several times but it retains its durability. Because of this feature, cotton duck is considered as a good and comfortable outdoor fabric.

What are the benefits of Cotton duck Fabrics?
  • It is an inexpensive, durable fabric which is easy to sew, wash and dye.
  • This fabric does not need special care, as it is a versatile fabric, it can be machine washed.
  • Cotton duck fabric is weather resistant.
  • It allows air to pass through easily. That is why it is more comfortable than any other fabrics as an outer garment fabric. Since this fabric is usually made from natural fibers, it needs little petroleum to produce.
  • This fabric is mostly used for outdoor, awnings and heavy duty sacks.
  • The heavy duck fabric may be used for sandbags, large tents and boat covers.
  • Cotton duck fabric can be used to make tool pouches, slipcovers, dog beds, drapes, duffel, curtains and recreational boat clothing.
  • It is even used to make some types of clothing, pillows, and bedding, and can be treated to be stain-resistant.
  • It resists tearing and snagging because it has a smooth surface and it is slightly flame-resistant.

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