Jute vs. Burlap

By Jaxson

  • Jute

    Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. It is produced primarily from plants in the genus Corchorus, which was once classified with the family Tiliaceae, and more recently with Malvaceae. The primary source of the fiber is Corchorus olitorius, but it is considered inferior to Corchorus capsularis. “Jute” is the name of the plant or fiber used to make burlap, hessian or gunny cloth.

    Jute is one of the most affordable natural fibers, and second only to cotton in the amount produced and variety of uses. Jute fibers are composed primarily of the plant materials cellulose and lignin. It falls into the bast fiber category (fiber collected from bast, the phloem of the plant, sometimes called the “skin”) along with kenaf, industrial hemp, flax (linen), ramie, etc. The industrial term for jute fiber is raw jute. The fibers are off-white to brown, and 1–4 metres (3–13 feet) long. Jute is also called the golden fiber for its color and high cash value.

  • Jute (noun)

    The coarse, strong fiber of the East Indian plant, ver=161115, used to make mats, paper, gunny cloth etc.

  • Jute (noun)

    The plants from which this fibre is obtained.

  • Burlap (noun)

    A very strong, coarse cloth, made from jute, flax{{,}} or hemp, and used to make sacks etc.

  • Jute (noun)

    a member of a Germanic people that (according to Bede) joined the Angles and Saxons in invading Britain in the 5th century, settling in a region including Kent and the Isle of Wight. They may have come from Jutland.

  • Burlap (noun)

    coarse canvas woven from jute, hemp, or a similar fibre, used especially for sacking

    “a burlap sack”

  • Burlap (noun)

    lighter material of a kind similar to burlap, used in dressmaking and furnishing

    “a burlap shirt”

    “fabrics ranging from hessians to burlaps”

Oxford Dictionary

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