There are a number of historical anecdotes related to the fineness of muslin fabrics:

• There is the story, written down in 1770 by William Bolt, in his book “Consideration on Indian Affairs”, that Arongojeb, an Emperor of Bengal, once teased his daughter for being naked. The princess however, protested, as she was in fact wearing 7 layers of fine Ab-e-Rown muslin cloth, with these simply being so fine and sheer that she appeared to be nude.

• Another story concerns a farmer and his cow: during the time under Alibardi’s rule, a piece of muslin was placed on the grass to dry. However, with the cloth being so fine, and thus almost invisible, the farmer’s cow, grazing in the same field ate the cloth along with the grass, as it did not see it. The story goes, that as a punishment, the farmer and his cow were later thrown out of Dhaka.

• As mentioned previously, a myth that accompanied the finest of muslins was that they were spun underwater, so sheer and silky was their quality. Whilst this of course was not the case, this particular myth stems also from the fact that the spinning of the fabric could only take place in a humid environment, with the spinners sometimes placing bowls of water in the room, to further humidify the air.