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The name canvas comes from Latin for hemp—cannabis—as canvas was originally made of hemp or linen. Now it is usually cotton or linen. Canvas is virtually synonymous with duck which is a strong, firm, plain weave fabric. Many grades, weights and qualities are made. A 2/1 weave canvas is also made.

Uses: Sails, artists’ paint surface, workwear, utility wear, sportswear, tents, embroidery ground

See also:

Cotton canvas