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 water resistant and mildew
retardant, 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
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