Cheesecloth vs. Muslin

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Main Difference

The main difference between Cheesecloth and Muslin is that the Cheesecloth is a loosely woven carded cotton cloth used primarily in cooking and cheesemaking and Muslin is a cotton fabric of plain weave of Bangladesh

  • Cheesecloth

    Cheesecloth is a loose-woven gauze-like carded cotton cloth used primarily in cheese making and cooking.

  • Muslin

    Muslin ( or ), also mousseline or Malmal, is a cotton fabric of plain weave. It is made in a wide range of weights from delicate sheers to coarse sheeting. Muslins were imported into Europe from the Bengal region, in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent, during much of the 17th and 18th centuries and were later manufactured in Scotland and England. While English-speakers call it muslin because Europeans believed it originated in the Iraqi city of Mosul, its origins are now thought to have been farther east — in particular Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh. Dhaka’s jamdani muslin, with its distinctive patterns woven in layer by layer, was one of the Mughal Empire’s most prestigious and lucrative exports. Early muslin was handwoven of uncommonly delicate handspun yarn.In 2013, the traditional art of weaving Jamdani muslin in Bangladesh was included in the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

  • Cheesecloth (noun)

    A loosely woven cotton gauze, originally used to wrap cheese, but now used for various culinary tasks and by farmers to shade crops and keep birds off.

  • Muslin (noun)

    Any of several varieties of thin cotton cloth.

  • Muslin (noun)

    Fabric made of cotton, flax (linen), hemp, or silk, finely or coarsely woven.

  • Muslin (noun)

    Any of a wide variety of tightly-woven thin fabrics, especially those used for bedlinen.

  • Muslin (noun)

    Woven cotton or linen fabrics, especially when used for items other than garments.

  • Muslin (noun)

    A dressmaker’s pattern made from inexpensive cloth for fitting.

  • Muslin (noun)

    Any of several different moths.

  • Muslin (noun)

    lightweight cotton cloth in a plain weave

    “she folded the dress in layers of clean muslin”

    “strain the fruit pulp through a muslin cloth”

  • Muslin (noun)

    a hemmed square of lightweight cotton cloth used to wipe up regurgitated milk when feeding or winding a baby

    “I’m surrounded by piles of nappies and muslins”

Oxford Dictionary

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