A fabric that has been impregnated with a Drying oil to make a waterproof cloth. Oilskin was usually made from Cotton or Canvas fabrics. It was used for covering for cargo and to make slicker type raincoats. Oilskin has been replaced in recent years with less expensive plastic coated fabrics.
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Resources and Citations
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oilskin (Accessed Feb. 2, 2006)
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998