The Journal

14th January 2015

The Origins of canvas

Bonded cotton canvas is our heritage material at Chapman Bags. This is a triple layered canvas consisting of two outer layers of cotton and an inner layer of natural rubber, thus making the material waterproof, durable and crease resistant. Here we explain the derivation of the word canvas.

The word canvas derives from the Greek word ‘kannabis’ or ‘cannabis’ in Latin. This is because many years ago hemp or cannabis fibre was used to make canvas. It is said that hemp is the oldest fibre-yielding plant, hemp cloth having been produced as long ago as 3,000 B.C. in China. We now use cotton to make canvas, as it produces a more refined finish than the relatively coarse quality of hemp cloth.

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