Hessian is a dense, woven fabric produced from the skin of the jute plant. It was first exported from India in the early 19th Century and was commonly used for linoleum, rugs and carpets. Its name derives from one of its early uses as a uniform for soldiers from the former Landgraviate of Hesse, but it’s also known as Burlap.

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In modern day its eco-friendly state makes it a perfect solution for sacks, bags and rugs but it has many uses within staging. Many artists use Hessian as an alternative to cotton-canvas as a painting surface but the fabric is also ideal for covering set pieces or adding texture to props. At Whaley’s we offer two types of stage Hessian, both are natural in style and there are shade cards available if you would like to request one.

To find out more information on Hessian or any of our other stage fabrics, then give us a call or fill in our contact form and we’ll be in touch.

Technical Information

  • 382gm/sqm
  • Conforms to BS5867 Part2:B before wetting
  • Non Durable FR should be treated to meet flammability requirements if for any reason the fabric becomes wet
  • Dry Clean Only

Why Choose Us For Your Stage Fabrics?

Whaleys Stages are proud to offer an extensive range of stage fabrics for you to choose from. Whether it’s for a school, theatre, concert hall or a different project, we are sure to have the perfect fabrics.

From a gorgeous velour velvet, to a smooth satin, there is an endless amount of options to choose from. We also pride ourselves in the service we offer; therefore, you can be sure to be given exception service throughout the whole process.

Our department that specialises in creating these bespoke designs source all the materials from our in-house fabric warehouse; This means there is no delay in turning your requests into results.

To find out more information of each of our fabrics feel free to browse through our fabric range or if you want to order some free samples or simply ask for some advice then give us a call today.

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