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Abstract Sailcloth Limited Edition Collection

Updated: Apr 6

I am pleased to announce the black and white photography collection "Abstract Sailcloth " is

now available as

limited editions of 100 per photograph. Click here to view the collection.


The Sailcloth Collection is a series of twenty black and white photographs. Featuring the same material used to make sails for sailboats photographed against a natural sky.





I thought the following from Wikipedia was interesting: Doek is Dutch for cloth, which evolved into the English word "duck" in reference to sail canvas. Duck was typically made from cotton or linen (flax), with some use of hemp. These natural fibers have poor resistance to rot, UV light and water absorption. Linen is stronger, but cotton is lighter. Linen was the traditional fiber of sails until it was supplanted by cotton during the 19th century. At first cotton was used as a matter of necessity in the United States as it was indigenous and the supply of flax was periodically interrupted by wars such as the War of 1812, during which demand for sailcloth for military use was high.


As sail size grew linen was too heavy to be practical so cotton became more popular. Cotton did not substantially replace linen worldwide until the end of the age of sail; however, in some cases the strength of linen was preferred for some types of sails. It was not until the late 20th century that natural fibers were replaced by synthetics in mainstream use. Cotton sailcloth is still used for sportswear, upholstery and draperies. The traditional width for carded cotton sailcloth in the US was 23 inches (58 cm) while the British standard was 24 inches Read More on Wikipedia


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