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Wholesale Cotton Duck Canvas & Denier Fabric

Besides cotton duck canvas, we offer artist canvas, outdoor marine, awning, dyed fabrics, tent (tipi), truck tarp, and vinyl fabrics. Canvas Etc. buys factory direct in order to pass the savings on to our customers.

  • water repellent
  • anti-UV
  • flame resistant
  • and much more!
  • mildew resistant

What is CANVAS and How It’s Made

Please visit our page What is Cotton Duck Canvas? to get detailed answers on various textile related questions.

So, what is canvas? Duck is a strong, heavy textile available in a variety of weights and qualities. It’s woven as a plain-woven cotton fabric or a basket weave pattern. Canvas is often heavy, strong, and firm – like duck.

This versatile fabric is often used in awnings, slipcovers, boat covers, and home decor projects. Heavy plain-woven cotton creates a rustic yet practical look. It’s either plain or basket (Oxford) weave and could have a soft or firm hand.

  • cotton
  • acrylic
  • hemp (historically)
  • synthetic fibers
  • linen

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  • Water Repellent: A treatment that enables the textile to repel water but does not make it completely waterproof.
  • Waterproof: Will resist leakage and wetting even under a heavy shower.
  • Mold and Mildew: A finish to prevent the growth of mold or fungus on cellulosic and protein-based textiles. Mold and mildew is also known to damage synthetic fibers.
  • Flame-Retardant Finish: Textiles can me made flame resistant by using inherently flame-resistant fibers, by adding flame resistant chemicals to the spinning solution when the fiber is made, or by applying a chemical to the fabric. Flame retardant textiles should be durable (able to withstand up to 50 washes), non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. In most cases, the hand and texture of the textile product remains the same.
  • Basket weave-type is a plain weave where two or more yarns travel together in the warp direction while two more yarns get inserted together in the fill direction (ballistic nylon).
  • Plain weave is a weave where one yarn travels in the warp direction while another yarn is inserted in the fill direction. (Click these links for some of our wholesale cotton products => army ducks, Sunforger, numbered duck.)

This is not to be confused with color. In the textile industry during manufacturing, this describes unfinished, loom-state woven or knitted goods. Please call us to inquire about wholesale cotton fabric prices.

A big question we constantly get is what type of material is to be used for an outdoor tent.  More important that the fabric used is the environment it will be used in and the duration it will be exposed to the elements.  For wall tents (hunting) in the Midwest that have lower humidity levels, a cotton product would be ideal (or even Sunforger canvas).

Cotton tents with no weather treatment should always be covered with a vinyl tarp, but make sure there is an inch or two gap between the cotton and the vinyl.  A wall tent in Montana in the middle of winter would most likely be made of Sunforger army cloth.  Sunforger canvas is already weather proofed, but it’s still breathable.  The inside of a wall tent should be dry and warm in the winter, and if a vinyl tent is used in this situation there will be moisture build up due to condensation on the inside.

In the old days, most numbered ducks were woven to 22″ standard width. The numbering system of ducks (#1, #6, #12, etc.) comes from subtracting the weight of one 1 linear yard by 22″ width of the fabric from 19.  Number 12 was roughly 12 oz/sq yd so a linear yard at 22″ weighs roughly 7.33 (round down to 7). Subtract 7 from 19 and you get 12, hence Number 12 duck.

We effectively sell direct to consumers AND to businesses. With tremendous supply-side inventory across all of our categories, we are pleased to offer full rolls or fabric by the yard, whichever works best to meet the unique needs of our customers.

We offer a full range of finishing services to meet your requests. Cutting (slitting), sewing, custom dyes, fabric printing through our dye sublimation or screen printing equipment and technicians … whatever you need, please let us know, and we can provide for you. Our services and the scope of our capacity are nearly limitless!

This is a great question! Due to our capacity as a finisher of fabric, and  our own team of cutters, sewers and printers, we can offer many options for you to select from, and to use as marketing material/ products for your business. One option would be our Canvas Tote Bags.  We currently have 3 styles to choose from: our Riggers Bag; our Painters Bag; and our Heavy Duty Cotton Canvas Bag (a beach bag with greater interior volume/ space). We can also offer sized backpacks and totes as well! Canvas ETC. can screen print your design, your logo and emblem right onto the bags themselves which would then allow you to provide functional marketing “gifts” and products for your customers/ clients, and which will last them (and your business) a lifetime.  Please let us know if we could offer these canvas tote bags or any other finished product for your Marketing material!

The recommended way to properly clean and care for your waxed canvas is to sponge wipe with cold water only. In the event that the waxed canvas is soiled with dirt, gently brush it off with a soft bristled brush and then rinse with the cold water.  After cleansing, it is best to hang and air dry in well ventilated area for at least 24 hours. Drying in a conventional drying machine or using chemicals at a dry cleaner’s will damage the waxed canvas and strip it of its  waterproof properties.