The Benefits of Canvas Material

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Most people are familiar with canvas material being used for heavy-duty applications like the construction of sails, marquees, floor cloths, and tents. However, this strong and durable fabric can also be utilized to create shoes, handbags, wallets, phone cases and more.

The best part is that it’s vegan and cruelty-free too, which makes it a really good substitute for leather goods. Read on to find out how this versatile material is made, and why it is so popular.


What is Canvas Made Out Of?

In the past, canvas material was created using hemp, but nowadays it’s typically constructed from linen or cotton. There are also some manufacturers that make it from synthetic fibers like nylon or polyester.

The cotton or polyester is tightly woven to ensure extra strength, which is what gives the canvas material its water and weather resistant qualities.

 Cotton Branch used to make canvas fibre

Types of Canvas

There are two different types of canvas material based on the type of weave that’s used during the production process.

  • Plain Weave: This type of canvas is created using a plain weave as implied in the name. The weaving process itself involves intersecting two yarns that are traveling in opposite directions, one in the warp direction and the other in the fill direction. This is the type of canvas that’s used to make things like muslin and artist canvas.
  • Basket Weave: The basket weave canvas is created by doubling the yarn which travels in each direction to make for thicker and much sturdier material. This is the type of canvas that’s utilized in the creation of textile products such as outdoor work wear, handbags, and backpacks, etc.


Benefits of Canvas Material Goods

If you’re only recently making the switch to canvas material and don’t have much experience with it, you’ll be glad to know that it comes with a lot of benefits. Canvas shoes specifically, offer the following advantages:

  • Breathable: Canvas shoes are perfect for the summer because they’re highly breathable and comfortable on the foot. In fact, canvas shoes are ideal for when you’re going on guided walking tours or sightseeing in a new travel destination.


Just take these Roman-aesthetic inspired Women’s Vegan Gladiator Sandals for example. Not only are they stylish and trendy, but they’re super comfy and breathable too.

 Rome Vegan Gladiator Sandals

  • Lightweight: As evidenced by their lightweight construction, canvas shoes were definitely made for walking- and lots of it! So if you’re a busy mom who has to chase toddlers around or someone who has to stand around all day because of work, then canvas shoes are a great option.


You can either opt for closed-toe canvas shoes or sandals for when it’s hot out. The rubber sole on canvas shoes will keep you firmly grounded without pulling your feet down as it grips onto surfaces effortlessly.  


  • Easy to Clean: Maintaining your canvas shoe in mint condition is super easy and convenient. All you need are a few simple ingredients like some soap, water, and an old toothbrush to wash them. Plus, they dry quickly when left out in the sun.


  • Fashionable: Canvas apparel is available in a wide array of designs and colors, like this trendy vintage backpack which you can wear pretty much anywhere. It’s just as sturdy as any leather backpack, but without the cruelty. And it has enough space for you to pack all your necessities when traveling or hiking. It’s also available in different colors if you want to purchase an additional one as a gift for a friend.


  • Durable: As previously mentioned, canvas material is the same stuff they use to make things like tents and sails, so it’s obviously very sturdy and tough-wearing. This means that anything made from canvas is guaranteed to last you a lifetime, even with regular use.


  • Waterproof: Canvas material is also waterproof, so your books (and anything else you put into your canvas backpack) will stay dry even if you get caught in the rain while wearing your canvas backpack.

 Vintage Vegan Canvas Backpack

As you can see, canvas is a truly versatile material that’s responsible for making some of the most durable yet comfortable vegan and cruelty-free apparel on the market. It’s also breathable, waterproof and easy to maintain.

Check out the Leafy Souls website today for a wide selection of trendy vegan and cruelty-free apparelbackpacks, and bags.


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Unisex Tshirts

Width, in 19 21 23 25 27 29 31 33
Length, in 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Sleeve length, in 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11


Width, cm 47 52.1 57.2 62.2 67.3 72.4 77.5 82.6
Length, cm 72.4 74.9 77.5 80 82.6 85.1 87.6 90.2
Sleeve length, cm 18.4 19.7 20.9 22.2 23.5 24.8 26 27.3


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Length, in 26 26 27 28 28
Sleeve length, in 7 8 8 8 8



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Length, cm 64.4 66 67.6 69.2 70.8
Sleeve length, cm 17.3 17.9 18.5 19.1 19.7




Sleeve length, in 25 25 25 25 25 25 27 27
Length, in 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Width, in 20 23 24 26 28 30 33 34


Sleeve length, cm 62.9 62.9 62.9 62.9 62.9 62.9 67.9 67.9
Length, cm 68.5 71.1 73.6 76.2 78.7 81.2 83.8 86.3
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