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What is Oilskin?

Oilskin is a microcrystalline and paraffin wax impregnated 100% cotton fabric, similar to the material of Driza-bone coats. It is durable and long lasting. Dying processes have been developed in Australia to withstand our hard conditions. Used for farming, fishing, camping, working or holidaying, oilskin keeps the rain and wind out whilst keeping the warmth in. Our own brands Bendigo Clothing and Bulldust are made in Fiji using 100% Australia oilskin. 

History of Oilskin

Sailors at the turn of the century discovered that ship sails could be waterproofed by coating them with linseed and whale oil. The fabric was cut and sewn into durable wet weather garments. This discovery spread to the land where farmers and stockmen adapted the oiled cloth to make their own style garments that were durable and water resistant work clothes. Today the harsh conditions still remain, however modern technology has dramatically improved fabric qualities, hence the evolution of todays oilskins.

Benefits and Superior Characteristics of Oilskin:

  • Extreme weather protection
  • Soft hand feeling, not too oily
  • Water resistant qualities
  • Wind resistance qualities
  • Breathable
  • Long garment life