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On short term loan out for exhibition 
Lengths of fine white woven muslin
Place of Origin
Materials and Techniques
Object history note
Transferred from India Museum 1879.
Exhibited at the 1857 Paris International Exposition to illustrate the manufactures of Bengal.
Historical context note
Intended for use as clothing, when complete.
Fine white muslin textiles, Dhaka, 1872
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
p. 76 and p. 83, pl. 3.
Ashmore, Sonia. "Muslin", London, V&A Publishing, 2012.
Labels and date
The ancient Romans called India’s finest cottons ‘woven winds’ because of their airy lightness. The country’s cotton fabrics range from the sheerest muslin to robust pieces for everyday use, though fine cottons in particular were a key element of India’s supremacy in textiles. Textured weaves, as on these bath towels, aid absorbency and stimulate the skin.
Length of three bath towels
Cotton (huckaback weave)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, about 1862
V&A: 5587 (IS)
Length of fine muslin
Cotton (plain weave) with silver strip edging
Dhaka, Bangladesh, about 1872
V&A: 8361 (IS) [03/10/2015-10/01/2016]
Textiles; Clothing; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project
South & South East Asia Collection