Jute is an extremely versatile vegetable fiber known for its strength and durability. It is derived from a relative of the hemp plant, and most of the world's Jute is grown in the delta formed by the Ganges and Bramhaputra rivers in eastern India and Bangladesh.
Jute fibers are long, varying from 1.5 to 3.5 meters, and good quality Jute has a golden sheen to it, earning it the nickname "the golden fiber" (although mainly golden brown, Jute fibers vary from white to silver grey). The fibers are spun into yarn, and then woven into a fabric, which in the US in known as burlap. Jute fabric/Burlap is extremely durable and has very little stretch, thus making it ideal for many different forms, from bags to carpets and clothing, and of course, upholstery.
Jute fabric is also used to create sacks/bags for many commodities: coffee, tea, rice, wheat, sugar, beans, cocoa, lentils, cereals, cotton, vegetables, fertilizers, sand and stones, and even fertilizer and concrete.
Jute is totally biodegradable, extremely strong, durable, and an inexpensive fiber, thus making it ideal for the foundations of upholstery.