Hessian is a coarsely woven fabric that is ideal for stage sets and props. Its density adds texture to its styling, and is occasionally used by artists as an alternative to canvas for painting.

Hessian Fabrics


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.

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.

  • 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

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.

Natural- STG32 Width: 178cm/70.1″

Natural- STG99 Width: 183cm/72″

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