Muslin is a light cotton fabric, finely woven and typically white, that was first imported from the Middle East to Europe in the 17th century. It is named after Mosul in modern-day Iraq, the city through which it made its way to Europe, but Dhaka in modern-day Bangladesh is the fabric's true place of origin.
Muslin is a popular choice for clothing and curtains, particularly in hot, dry climates.
Due to its versatility, muslin is used widely in the theater. Being lightweight and inexpensive are significant assets for a fabric used in set design.
In addition to the stage, muslin is useful in television and film. It is used most often to make press cloth and sample garments, underwear, aprons, pillowcases and etc.