Process and Techniques

Process and Techniques
The process of manufacturing muslin is a complex, lengthy one, requiring great skill and craftsmanship and relying on the cycle of the seasons and the farming cycle. It was also a process of clearly defined, traditional roles. Typically, the spinning was done by women, whilst the men were responsible for the weaving. This is often the case to this day. Historians and researchers have also noted that the finest thread was spun by young women, under the age of 30. The spinning could only be done in the early morning or late afternoon, as it was at these times when the air was damp, allowing the cotton filaments to stretch, and occasionally water bowls were placed in the rooms where the spinning occurred, to further humidify the air.