Mull fabric is a soft, sheer muslin fabric. It has a plain, open weave, and is typically made from cotton, silk and more recently viscose. The first Mull fabrics were made in the 17th Century and it was originally called ‘Mulmul.’ This term comes from the Hindu word ‘Malmal,’ meaning Muslin. Mull fabric is used in dress underlinings, trimmings and toiles. It has a soft texture, which is usually achieved by various finishes. Usually, this fabric is bleached white, but other colours are available. Mull cloth is also the fabric which reinforces the hinges and is pasted directly on to the body of a book and is hidden by the spine.
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