In early American, paint was used to waterproof material for tarps, shelters and all sorts of outdoor gear. "Spanish Brown" was the most popular color, referring to the terra cotta shades derived from mixing
iron oxide in linseed oil.
Our reproduction Spanish Brown Oil Cloth, made exclusively for 1700s to early 1800s reenactors, is 60"
wide, 100% cotton canvas. It's treated to be water resistant and mildew retardant, but it is NOT waterproof. Plus the 10 oz weight readily lends itself to
hand or machine stitching. Unlike linseed oil based materials, our Spanish Brown cloth is not sticky and will
give you years of wear without degrading like the homemade versions. And, like any water repellant canvas, we
recommend an additional yearly treatment (instructions included) including seams where 2 pieces are joined.
As the photo examples demonstrate, you can use it for Diamond Shelters, tents, ground cloths, bedroll tarps, haversacks, rain slickers or ponchos, and dozens of other
period-correct items to provide serious moisture protection.
PLEASE NOTE: This material is NOT WATERPROOF! After some rigorous testing in the field, we found that is must be treated before if it will be used in very wet conditions.
Sold by the yard. Available exclusively from Crazy Crow!!