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Mackintosh Fabric

What is Mackintosh?

  • The Mackintosh or raincoat (abbreviated as mac) is a form of waterproof raincoat, first sold in 1824, made out of rubberised fabric.
  • The Mackintosh is named after its Scottish inventor Charles Macintosh, although many writers added a letter k. The variant spelling of "Mackintosh" is now standard.
  • Although the Mackintosh coat style has become generic, a genuine Mackintosh coat is made from rubberised or rubber laminated material.


  • It has been claimed that the material was invented by the surgeon James Syme, but then copied and patented by Charles Macintosh; Syme's method of creating the solvent from coal tar was published in Thomson's Annals of Philosophy in 1818; this paper also describes the dissolution of natural rubber in naphtha.
  • However, a detailed history of the invention of the Mackintosh was published by Schurer. The essence of Macintosh's process was the sandwiching of an impermeable layer of a solution of rubber in naphtha between two layers of fabric. The naphtha was distilled from coal tar, with the Bonnington Chemical Works being a major supplier.
  • Early coats had problems with smell, stiffness, and a tendency to melt in hot weather, but Hancock further improved his waterproof fabrics, patenting a method for vulcanising rubber in 1843 which solved many of the problems. Mackintosh Store, 104 Mount St, Mayfair, London.
  • Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the company continued to make waterproof clothing. In 1925 the company was taken over by Dunlop Rubber.
Old image of Charles Macintosh

What Makes it Stand Out?

  • Wear resistance
  • Weather resistance
  • Lightness and dimensional stability
  • Moisture and dirt resistance
  • Good aeration
  • No shrinkage
  • Easy care
  • Stylish look
Texture Medium weight and smooth textured
Fall Not suitable for drapes
Shine  Dull
Sheer Opaque


Applications & Uses

  • Rain coats and hospital related materials like sheets to protect matresses and also used for gloves .
Apparel Yes
Home Furnishing  Yes
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 Mackintosh raincoat

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Care Instructions

  • To dry it, or when not in use, it should be hung in a cool airy place. Avoid high temperature i.e. radiators, fires, hot-water pipes or direct sun rays.
  • Do not dry clean.
  • Do not machine wash.
  •  Small stains can be removed with soap and water, never use spirit or any other chemical cleaners. Apply soap with a soft brush only.

Reference Links wiki/Mackintosh

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