ID 260002-475ProductNylon Bucket Bag
function Water-resistant & waterproof
Modern water-resistant garments are coated or laminated on one side,
commonly on the inside, to hinder rain and moisture from penetrating the
textile. A water-repellent finish on the outer surface protects the
fabric from getting wet-through, which in turn prevents the body from
cooling. The coatings are made with minimal pores that keep rain out but
allow sweat vapour to escape, to avoid overheating and dampness.
‘Waterproof’ denotes a higher functionality and is achieved by sealing
the garment with taped seams and water-proof zips.
The modern water-proof raincoat, generally known as a ‘mackintosh’, dates to the early 1820s and was sewn from a rubber-laminated three-layer fabric. Plastic rainwear, such as vinyl-coated nylon, was introduced on a mass-production scale after 1945. Through history, and throughout the world, water-resistant clothing has been made using seal and whale intestines, grass and leaves, animal furs, natural-rubber impregnation, oiled silk weaves, linen canvas and waxed cotton. The multi-functional rainwear and outerwear of today relies on the invention of lightweight and breathable synthetic coatings in 1970.
Riri have a long history dating back to 1923. They were one of the first
to pioneer the zipper in Europe, and today Riri zips, buttons, snaps and
rivets grace a large number of luxury products, as well as rugged
outdoor and sports clothing.
Dr Martin Winterhalter, a Swiss-born inventor, perfected a zip he named the Rille-Rippe, taken from the German words for ‘concave’ and ‘convex’ because of the shapes formed by its teeth. The success of Rille-Rippe led to Riri – a shortening of the original name – as well as the first die-cast plastic zip, merged with nylon tape, which was developed to address the post-World War II metal shortage. They were favoured by the military because of their high tensile strength, while today they’re used in leather goods and shoes.