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What is Hessian?

Asked by DaphneT (5438 points ) February 1st, 2012

I know it is a fabric, but it is not a name used in the U.S., at least not where I find fabrics. What is it made from? Can it be made from synthetic fibers?

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auhsojsa's avatar

Might come from Germany. However it’s the same as burlap.

Lightlyseared's avatar

It’s made of fibres from jute plants.

tedd's avatar

Assuming you’re not talking about the German mercenaries used against the US in the Revolution…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hessian_%28cloth%29

DaphneT's avatar

@auhsojsa, thanks for the name, why the U.S. can’t use the same fabric names as everywhere else, I don’t know.
@Lightlyseared, thanks for the fibres.
@tedd, thanks for the link.
@Blondesjon, funny, lol. Who is that? And really, was that the Hessian uniform? I don’t think so.

Blondesjon's avatar

@DaphneT . . . Cristopher Walken. He played “The Hessian” in Sleepy Hollow.

allfactshere's avatar

Hessian may refer to:
Hessian (soldiers), eighteenth-century German regiments in service with the British Empire
Hessian (boot), a style of boot
Hessian (cloth), coarse woven material
Hessian (web service protocol)
Hessian dialects, West Central German group of dialects
Hessian fly or barley midge, a species of fly
Hessian matrix, in mathematics, is a matrix of second partial derivatives

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