But doesn't it seem like this word belongs in the same sentence as fustian.
e.g., "The Hessian troops were all decked out in these nifty fustian outfits, with epaulettes to die for. Think early Dior, with a hint of Balenciaga, mixed with the saucy androgyny of midcareer Mizrahi."
When on that field his band the Hessians fought, Briefly he spoke before the fight began: 'Soldiers! Those German gentlemen are bought For four pounds eight and sevenpence per man, By England's king; a bargain, as is thought. Are we worth more? Let's prove it now we can; For we must beat them, boys, ere set of sun, Or Mary Stark's a widow.' It was done. - Fitz-Greene Halleck, 'Connecticut'.
"The walls are covered in hessian, once blue, now returned to an almost colourless condition except in the places where the furniture and the pictures have protected it from the light." -- Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec, translated by David Bellos, p 25