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  • Place of origin:

    Dhaka (made)

  • Date:

    1872 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven muslin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition []

Physical description

Lengths of fine white woven muslin

Place of Origin

Dhaka (made)


1872 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Woven muslin

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.

Descriptive line

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]


Muslin; Cotton




Textiles; Clothing; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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