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Oil on burlap
MFA# 1997.134


A coarse, plain weave fabric made from jute, Flax, or Hemp. Burlap was used for inexpensive shipping bags and as lining or backing material for Carpet, Linoleum, and upholstery. It has also been used occasionally for interior home decoration.

Hooked picture on burlap
MFA# 2002.899

Synonyms and Related Terms

toile de jute (Fr.); arpillera (Esp.); cañamazo (Esp.); zakkengoed, jute, gonje (Ned.); gunny; Hessian

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Resources and Citations

  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 126
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998