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A Short History Of The Duffel Bag

A Duffel bag or Kitbag is a somewhat large bag made of natural leather or synthetic fabric (typically canvas), And historically with a top closure using a drawstring,

Generally, a duffel or kit bag is used by non-commissioned personnel in the military and used by sailors and marines as a duffel or "seabag" And also For travel, sports, and recreation enthusiasts by civilians. A duffel's open structure and lack of rigidity make it adaptable to carrying sports gear and lots of similar bulky objects.

The duffel bag is often confused with a hoop-handled hard-bottomed zippered bag, known generically as a gym bag., The name comes from Duffel, A town in Flanders, Belgium, where the thick duffel cloth used to make the bag originated in the 17th century.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word dates back to 1677, used to describe ‘a coarse woolen cloth having a thick nap or frieze’ and in most of the 20th century, a duffel bag typically referred to a specific style of cylindrical, top-entry bag.

During the latter part, the term began to be applied to a generic hoop-handled, hard-bottomed fabric holdall more commonly known as a "gym bag".

It is to this bag that additional features such as wheels, zippers, internal structure, and small organizing pockets are often added and also known as a Backpack, Canoe pack, Duluth pack, Bandolier bag, Bivouac sack, Bookbag, Fanny pack, Golf bag, Lightweight Rucksack, Medicine bag, Messenger bag, Packing Randoseru Sabretache, Satchel and Sporran

Further names are Bug-out bag, Carpetbag, Diaper bag, Diplomatic bag/pouch, Duffel Gigbag, Gladstone bag, Hobo bag, Holdall, Nomadic bag, Norfolk Portmanteau, Saddlebag, Suitcase Toiletry bag, and travel pack Trunk.

Enjoy your duffel!

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