A loosely constructed, heavy weight, plain weave fabric commonly used as carpet backing, and in sacks for grain and rice. Sometimes used in handbags and as a drapery fabric for its rich, earthy texture.
Burlap is a coarse, heavy, loosely woven plain-weave fabric often made of single irregular yarns of jute. It is used in its natural color for carpet backing, bagging, and furniture webbing. It is also dyed and printed for home-furnishing uses. Also called hessian.
A loosely constructed, heavy weight, plain weave fabric used as a carpet backing, and as inexpensive packaging for sacks of grain or rice. Also, as fashion dictates, burlap may also appear as a drapery fabric.
Plain weave of cotton, jute, or hemp. Heavy, coarse, and loosely woven, in a variety of weights, and used for sacks, the backs of floor coverings, inside upholstery, etc. Calico. A term formerly used for a plain woven printed cotton cloth, similar to percale. Its name is taken from Calicut, India, where it was first made.
"Anything is period if it’s wrapped in burlap" goes the old saying. The use of burlap as a shoddy shortcut to disguise non-period objects goes back to the early days of ren-faires. Tennis shoes and plywood buildings (even Frisbees for a joke) have been covered with burlap.