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Originally appearing in Volume V19, Page 93 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MUSLIN (through Fr. mousseline from It. mussolino, diminutive of Mussolo, i.e. the
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town
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Mosul in
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Kurdistan)
  a
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light cotton
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cloth said to have been first made at
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Mosul, a city of Mesopotamia . Muslins have been largely made in various parts of India, whence they were imported to England towards the endof the 17th century . Some of these
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Indian muslin were very
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fine and costly . Among the specialties are Arni muslin, made in the
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Madras
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presidency, and
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Dacca muslin, made at Dacca in Bengal . Muslin of many kinds are now made in
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Europe and
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America, and the name is applied to both plain and fancy cloths, and to printed calicoes of light texture . Swiss muslin is a light variety,
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woven in stripes or figures, originally made in
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Switzerland .
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Book muslin is made in Scotland from very fine yarns . Mulls, jaconets, lenos, and other cloths exported to the East and elsewhere are sometimes described as muslins . Muslin is used for dresses, blinds, curtains, &c .

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