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A general term for a strong, plain weave cloth used for boat sails. Sailcloth can be made from Cotton, Linen, Jute, Hemp, nylon, aramid, or polyester. Besides sails, it is also used commercially for sportswear, upholstery, tents, covers, and awnings. Sailcloth has also been used as a canvas for paintings and for book covers.

Synonyms and Related Terms

sail cloth; sail duck; canvas; loneta (Esp.)

Resources and Citations

  • M. Doerner, The Materials of the Artist, Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1934
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 282
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Conservation Support Systems, Catalog, 1997
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