Why choose Hessian bags over plastic bags? The United States had imported second handbags which were mainly made of plain jute fabrics. Over the years, these bags came to be called as hessian bags. These hessian bags are comprised of a simple woven cloth material out of a single yarn. When the jute bags were imported, the US termed these as hessian gunny bags, hessian gunny cloth, sacking gunny cloth and sacking gunny bags.