Burlap fabric has been around since1685–95; and is a cloth that is plain-woven, coarse fabric made of of jute, hemp, or vegetable fibres to make rope, nets, and similar products. They were sometimes called gunny cloth. The fabric was sometimes called “hessian” as part of the uniform of soldiers from the German state of Hessen.
Hessian is often used to make sacks and bags to ship goods like coffee beans; these can be described as gunny sacks. It is breathable and thus resists condensation and associated spoilage of the contents. It is also durable enough to withstand rough handling in transit; these properties have also led to its use for temporary protection as wet covering to prevent rapid moisture loss in setting of cement and concrete by the construction industry. Hessian is also commonly used for making sandbags, empty hessian sacks that, when filled with sand, are used for flood mitigation when building temporary embankments against floodwaters or field fortifications. :o)
Whew! I bet you didn’t know there was so much history this. Actually, there is more on wikipedia if you are so inclined to find out.
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