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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  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 3 years ago

    Very pretty Bunny! :) Love the pattern here. I have a vest in this pattern and didn’t know it was called gunny? :)

    Gabe :)

  • I used to buy oats and sweet corn loaded into this kind of cloth. It is woven loosely and very course. This would be smooth compared to burlap. :o) Thank you Gabe.

    – Bunny Clarke

  • vivien styles
    vivien stylesover 3 years ago

    Great pattern Bunny. I used to have a bag with this material. Thanks for the history lesson

  • Thank you Vivien. I always like to know where things came from. I thought it was kind of interesting. Thank you. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroover 3 years ago

    wonderful work

  • Thank you. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • Melodyone
    Melodyoneover 3 years ago

    Fascinating and beautiful work. Amazing burlap art, Bunny!

  • Thank you for stopping by for a peek. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • Sazzart
    Sazzartover 3 years ago

  • Thank you. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • lacitrouille
    lacitrouilleover 3 years ago

    You’ve made burlap look fantastic! It’s a wonderfully creative design. :)

  • Thank you Josette. One of my multi layered attempts. I’m getting there. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • Craig Hitchens - Spiritual Digital Art
    Craig Hitchens...over 3 years ago

    Never seen hessian look so inviting! Awesome!

  • Thank you Craig. I appreciate your comment. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • Robert Douglas
    Robert Douglasover 3 years ago

    Enjoyed your image and your commentary. I actually learned something.


  • LOL! That is half the fun of doing these. I learned something too. Thank you Robert. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • bevanimage
    bevanimageover 3 years ago

    Best-looking burlap I’ve ever seen. Great colours and fabulous pattern, Bunny. I can almost touch it.

  • Thank you Bev. I had hoped it would look touchable. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • KazM
    KazMover 3 years ago


  • Thank you for stopping by for a peek. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

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