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Muslin is a type of finely-woven cotton fabric, introduced to Europe from the Middle East in the 17th century. The first recorded use in England was in 1670. It was named for the city where it was first introduced to them, Mosul in what is now Iraq, but the fabric originated from Dhaka in what is now Bangladesh. [1] Cotton ready for harvest. ... Sunday textile market on the sidewalks of Karachi, Pakistan. ... World map showing Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is one of the six inhabited continents of the Earth. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Dhaka (previously Dacca; Bangla: ঢাকা Đhaka; IPA: ) is the capital of Bangladesh and the Dhaka District. ...

Muslin is most typically a closely woven unbleached or white cloth, produced from corded cotton yarn. "Sheeting" is the name for wide muslin. It is often used to make dresses or curtains but may also be used to complement foam for bench padding. In clothing, muslin breathes well, and is a good choice for hot, dry climates.

The word "muslin" is also used colloquially. In the United Kingdom, many sheer cotton fabrics are called muslin, while in the United States, muslin sometimes refers to a firm cloth for everyday use. In British slang, muslin used to refer to women or femininity, while in nautical slang, muslin can refer to a vessel's sails. Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speakers dialect or language. ... This article is in need of attention. ...

Muslin can also be used as a cheap greenscreen, either precolored or painted with latex paint (diluted with water). The bluescreen setup The final image Bluescreen (known in television as chroma key) is a term for the filmmaking technique of shooting foreground action against an evenly-lit monochomatic background for the purpose of removing the background from the scene and replacing it with a different image or scene. ...

Muslin can also be used as a filter in a funnel when decanting fine wine or port to prevent sediment from entering the decanter.

When sewing clothing, a test or fitting garment may be made of inexpensive muslin fabric before cutting the intended expensive fashion fabric, thereby avoiding a costly mistake. The muslin garment is often called a muslin and the process is called making a muslin. With the availability of inexpensive synthetic fabrics, which closely resemble the hand (drape and feel) of expensive natural fabrics, a test or fitting garment that is made of synthetics may still be referred to as a muslin, because the word has become the generic term for a test or fitting garment.


Muslin is often the cloth of choice for theater sets. It is helpful in masking the background of sets and helping to establish the mood,or feel of different scenes. It can be painted to look like countless different settings and if it is treated properly it can become semi-translucent.

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Making Sure It Fits--The Value of a Muslin - Costuming (649 words)
A muslin is a shell of the critical fitted parts of the garment that is made from an inexpensive fabric, used to check for fit and indicate places where adjustments need to be made.
Muslin is a cotton fabric that comes in a variety of weights, usually unbleached, and that has a firm, fine weave.
By using a muslin, one can be sure that expensive fabric is not ruined or wasted on making a costume that does not fit, is uncomfortable to wear, and does not look good on the person.
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