The American tote bag had humble beginnings as a working man’s utensil to unload ice and coal barges. They had to be plenty tough to hold up under the everyday rigors of this profession. Our Barge Tote is over-constructed with this same toughness and quality in mind. We use vintage 18oz. wax treated duck as the foundation for our tote. Add a double bottom, handles made of 4 layers of fabric and riveted stress points and the result is a bag that would make turn-of-the-century canvas craftsmen proud. Use professionally or recreationally.
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Caring for Martexin™ Original Wax Duck Canvas
Martexin Original Wax Duck Canvas is a highly specialized textile product that precludes normal cleaning. Just as you wouldn’t wash a leather product, such as shoes, gloves, or jackets, you shouldn't machine wash or dry clean your wax duck product. Wax fabrics have been successfully used for many years without washing. A periodic cleaning with a hose and damp cloth is all that’s needed.
We began building marine canvasware where performance in the harsh sun and salt requires the best materials and workmanship. Today, we bring the same care and craft into each classic and new design, all made in our Greenville, NC shop.