Muslin is believed to have derived its name from the ancient city of Mosul and for eons has been the finest fabric known to man.
Fine handspun yarn, woven in counts of upto 350 threads per inch, make the refined fabric a virtue of extremely skilled artisans.
For centuries, the finesse and ethereal qualities of the fabric have been patronized by aristocracy not only in India in the Mughal and Colonial era, but in many other parts of the world. Legend has it that an ounce of muslin used to sell in Rome for an ounce of gold.
The Bardhaman region in West Bengal is one of the leading producers of the finest muslin today.