Muslin Fabric

Muslin Fabric

What is Muslin? 

Muslin fabric  is made from carded cotton yarn. It is a loose plain weave cotton material, it’s made using the plain weave technique.

It is made in a wide range of weights from delicate sheers to coarse sheeting.
The better qualities of muslin are fine and smooth in texture.
The coarser varieties are often of irregular yarns and textures.

Muslin is known as the material used in fashion prototypes to test patterns before cutting and stitching the final product.

Types of muslin fabrics are :
  • Flame-retardant bleached white muslin
  • Flame-retardant light grey/royal blue/light blue muslin
  • Flame-retardant heavy natural muslin
  • Flame-retardant photo grey muslin
  • Medium natural muslin


  • Muslin fabric is Originated in Dacca ( now Dhaka ), Bangladesh.
  • Once introduced in Europe in 1600s, muslin became a popular material for clothing as it was lightweight, easily washed, and versatile.
  • It was also less expensive than silk or linen cambric.
  • While Dacca is often linked to being the originator of the fabric, others think the term “muslin” comes from Mosul, Iraq.
  • Historians think happened is that Bangladesh created the fabric, but European travelers came across it in Mosul and named it muslin after the city.  Perhaps one of the most intriguing historical references to muslin came in the early 1900s. Orville and Wilbur Wright chose to use unbleached muslin coated in some type of canvas paint for a section of his aircraft’s wings on the 1903 Wright Flyer.
  • The woven material stopped being made during British rule, but the art of weaving fine muslin gained popularity in the 1990s, though few have mastered efficiently creating the very fine linen.

What Makes it Stand Out

Muslin refers to test the garments before making final garment by making  pattern on  muslin cloth It is regarded as an important step in fashion designing as a muslin serves as a neutral medium to develop the designer’s creative vision.

 Texture Soft and smooth
Drape Flexible drape
Shine No shine
Sheer Yes 

Application & Usage 

  • It is used to make background sets and props of theater sets.
  • It is soft in touch so it can be used as baby blankets.
  • It is lightweight fabric so it can be used to stitch clothes for summertime.
  • Kitchen napkins, curtains, handkerchiefs, pillow covers, table covers, bedsheets, bed skirts; the list is endless.

 Clothing Yes
Home Furnishing Yes
Accessories  Yes

How to Judge the Authenticity of Muslin? 

1. The cloth should be smooth, not coarse or rough, which will indicate that good quality threads have been used –not too fat or too thin.

2. It should not be stiff, with too much sizing and fabric finish.

3. The size of the threads, and the additions or omissions of sizing, create a “hand,” or feel, to the cloth.

4. The fabric should also not show too much light through it when held up to the light — this helps to get an approximation of the thread count

Care Instructions of Muslin

There is no need to iron linen garments.
Natural creases and crumples gives linen its drapey, relaxed, soft feel. But if you love ironing - iron while the fabric is still damp. Use a medium-hot iron on the steam setting.

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