As interior styles come and go, one style has stuck around for a while… natural fibers. Cotton has always been a very popular and durable textile however nowadays you are seeing more rustic fabrics and trends such as jute and burlap. What is the obsession with such a rough textile? Not only is it a messy fiber to deal with but is also kind of rough to the touch!
Those who choose to use it are going for the look more than the comfort factor. The look that jute or burlap gives fits right in with the rustic, natural, refurbished look that is hot in today's trends.
What is jute?
Wikipedia states that jute is "a long, soft, shiny vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. "Jute" is the name of the plant or fiber that is used to make burlap, Hessian or gunny cloth.
Jute is one of the most affordable natural fibers and is second only to cotton in amount produced and variety of uses of vegetable fibers. Jute fibers are composed primarily of the plant materials cellulose and lignin. It falls into the bast fiber category along with kenaf, industrial hemp, flax (linen), ramie, etc. The industrial term for jute fiber is raw jute. The fibers are off-white to brown, and 1–4 metres (3–13 feet) long. Jute is also called "the golden fiber" for its color and high cash value."
What is burlap?
Wikipedia states that burlap is "a woven fabric usually made from skin of the jute plant or sisal fibers, or may be combined with other vegetable fibers to make rope, nets, and similar products.
Hessian, a dense woven fabric, has been historically produced as a coarse fabric, but more recently it is being used in a refined state known simply as jute as an eco-friendly material for bags, rugs, and other products.
The name "burlap" appears to be of unknown origin, although the word could mean "coarse piece of cloth". The name "hessian" is attributed to the use of the fabric, initially, as part of the uniform of soldiers from the German state of Hesse who were called "Hessians"."
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