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Invention of Muslin

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About Muslin

Muslin is a popular cotton fabric that originated from the country of India and is composed of a variety of delicate and soft sheers. The name “Muslin,” basically comes from the Indian port town called Masulipatnam, which was initially known as Maisolos and Masalia during the ancient Indian era and thus, “muslin” was coined from “maisolos.”

In the early days, the weaving of the fabric was done with hands with rare and delicate handspun yarn. This region of the country where the practice of weaving of muslin happened now belongs to the neighboring country of Bangladesh.

It became widely popular among the masses and soon in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, it began being exported to the European countries.

The fine linen version of the fabric was earlier known as Sindon, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) included the art and tradition of weaving Jamdani Muslin in the country of Bangladesh in the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, in the year 2013.

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