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    Real noob question re: all these tarp configurations

    Are all of these tarp configurations that I see made from "flat" patterns of various geometries with different seams, tie outs and pull outs, or are some of them "molded" to achieve their curved and multi-angular shapes?

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    All the tarps I've seen are made of flat fabric panels, so molding would not 'stick', so to say. Pitching the tarp various ways is available given different tieout points on the tarps.

    Angles on tarp pitches (like for 'doors') are made by tying off to side tieouts instead of the tarp's corner tieouts; or by using hiking poles as supports, or by extending the flat fabric panel beyond the ridge tieouts. The flat fabric panels of tarps are sometimes caternary(sp?) cut on the edges - giving the edges a curved shape. Hope I understood your question. Welcome to the forums
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    Agree with Loki but worth noting that a lot of the tarps here also have catenary cut edges and possibly center seam. A cat cut follows that natural curve of a sagging line. That translates to less flapping on edges a tarp that holds it's shape better. Also saves a bit of weight, adds to the cost and effects various other applications to some degree.
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