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Strapline: 100 years of history of the ageless textile — tarpaulin

Almost a century ago, tarpaulin — thanks to its utilitarian features — was being used as protective gear but remains startlingly current despite being almost 100 years old.

What is tarpaulin? It is a blend of the terms ‘tar’ and ‘palling’ and refers to a tarred cloth, which is generally brought into play to cover objects like ships. Tarps have been utilized for hundreds of years. The primary purpose of tarps got unfolded at open seas when sailors frequently coated the sheets with tar to safeguard commodities. They even overlaid their outer garments to protect themselves. Sheets, popular by the name “pall”, started getting layered with tar more often, as the waterproof covering protected people, animals, and goods from the bad weather and dirt. 

Tarpaulin used in a farm

We are all quite used to the pirate flags that have skulls blended with crossbones, but back then those flags used to just be a sizable tarpaulin. 

From World War I to World War II, tarp material has been the common thing that survived through both. Cunningham’s camp, one of the oldest holiday camps that were later used as a part of an internment camp in 1914, was all covered with a tarp. 

Cunningham’s Camp, 1914

The usage of tarpaulin does not end here. It created space for itself in the early survival kits of the soldiers as well so they could shield themselves against the nuclear attack. 

Coming to the present, tarpaulins are found almost everywhere. They are used to protect cars from all kinds of grunge or to keep your belongings safe until the next season. Although, there is a slim chance you saw this textile in your wardrobe. Well, gear up for some exciting products that we are planning to bring to you. 

An art installation with tarpaulin, 2008

At Daily Objects, we will be launching our Tarp Bag Collection — a line-up of carry-it-all essentials that look stylish. The bags are an amalgamation of unconventionality and antiqueness — a blend of the past and present. Backed with meticulous handcraftsmanship, flattering silhouettes, and leather details, we have reimagined the vintage tarpaulin in a modern way for contemporary dressers. The collection is here to reflect and visually portray the voguish character of all its owners. 

So, are you ready to kick it up a notch? 

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