Hessian fabric gets its name from the German soldiers of the state of Hessen who originally used the cloth as part their uniform. Hessian is a woven cloth made from jute or sisal plant fibres, which ranges from a very stiff dense cloth to much softer material with a wide open weave. Traditionally hessian has been used for a variety of tasks. Hessian made the perfect sacking for food stuff such a coffee beans as the fabric is breathable which prevent the goods from spoiling in transit. It is also a very handy cloth for use in the garden, either to wrap the roots of plants or for protection from the elements in winter. In craft hessian is probably most predominantly used in rug making but can also be used as a canvas.