This modern synthetic garment nonetheless comes from far away.
Well before the yellow vests required in cars, it was designed as a garment visible from afar. Just in case... Sun yellow for rainy days, a navy jacket that became a garment for amateur yachtsmen, the Breton raincoat is now essential on boats and adds local color for vacationers under cloudy skies.
But this modern synthetic garment nonetheless comes from far away. From the time when sailors, tired of their jackets weighing them down in the rain, began to look for ways to get water to slide over the fabric instead of seeping in. The solution: canvas soaked in linseed oil that was applied by waxing the jacket. Hence the raincoat’s other name: "oilskin", which was also given to the fabric of the same name, to make it waterproof and put it on tables of all kinds where wine and other liquids can slide off, rather than soaking into the fabric.