When it comes to fabric faves, one of our most popular theater fabrics is muslin. What is muslin fabric, you ask? Here’s everything you need to know about the fabric we absolutely love.
5 Basics of Muslin Fabric
If you want to learn more about muslin fabric, here are the five need-to-know basics:
- What is Muslin Fabric?
- What’s the history of muslin fabric?
- What are the different types of muslin fabric?
- what’s muslin used for?
- How do you care for muslin fabric?
What is Muslin Fabric?
Muslin is a long-beloved cotton fabric. It has what’s called a “plain weave”, which means it’s made from a crisscross pattern. Muslin is durable and versatile, so it’s used across professional and commercial industries, and even at home.
History of Muslin Fabric
It originated in (what’s today known as) Bangladesh during the 9th century. The word “muslin” is said to be derived from “Mosul”, as in, Mosul, Iraq. Muslin was a prized fabric in the ancient Mughal Empire.
What Are the Different Types of Muslin Fabrics?
Muslin can range in color, finish, size and weight.
- Colors (natural, bleached white, black, etc.)
- Finish (flame retardant vs. non-flame retardant)
- Size (large seamless widths available)
- Weight (light to heavy weight)
What Do You Use Muslin For?
With its light weight and cotton material, muslin is an ideal fabric across many applications. It’s commonly used in theater (for set design—cycloramas, stage flats, backgrounds and props) and photography (as photography backdrops).
Here are a couple more uses for muslin fabric:
- Home décor
- Divider and accent curtains
- Draped ceiling and walls
- Window treatments
- Floral treatment
- Wall coverings
- DIY/craft projects
- Painted backdrops
- Aisles runners
- Quilt backing
- Wrap veggies to remove moisture
- Squeeze lemons
- Make cheese
- Exfoliate/wash face and lips
Muslin Fabric Care
Muslin can be washed at home with cold water and mild detergent and can be hung/laid flat to dry or tumble dried in the dryer on low. Muslin fabric does wrinkle. WikiHow has a great article on How to Get Wrinkles Out of Muslin Backdrops.