October 13, 2006, Newsletter Issue #175: Driza-bone

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In Australia, the definitive item of clothing is a sturdy oilskin coat called a Driza-bone. The flowing jacket, teamed with a pair of leather R.M. Williams boots, is considered de rigueur attire in the Outback.
The heavy-duty coat actually stems from life on the sea. Before it was invented in the late 19th century, sailors would smear their bodies, clothes and hair with a mixture of oil and grease to ward off cold winds and rain. A Scottish sailor named Edward Le Roy fashioned a coat out of old sails covered in oil, and it evolved into the Driza-bone.

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