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The mul cotton is what we call ‘made in heaven’ at Suta. Known in West Bengal as mul mul, the fabric is what can be categorised as muslin cotton. It is believed that this fine method of weaving cotton can be traced back to even before the Indus valley civilization. What makes this fabric special is the almost magical process of weaving it. Cotton fibres are separated and spun into strong threads. The lightest and the most delicate fibres are separated and are then spun into muslin thread. These are then woven into fabrics by skilled weavers. The history of muslin weaving is a beautiful chapter in the history of Indian textiles. The process of the yore was much more complex and involved many unique tools that look primitive but worked like magic. The upper jaw of a catfish was used to initially clean the cotton before spinning. To separate the lightest fibres, a Dhunkar (a bamboo bow) was used, which when strung in a distinctive way made the lighter fibres rise above the heavier ones. This process gave the title ‘woven air’ to the muslin fabric. Weavers famously wove on looms that were at ground level and operated the looms from pits dug in the ground. Even during the Mughal era, the muslin fabric was seen as a symbol of power for its finesse. History is full of anecdotes to prove the awe that the muslin fabric generated. Emperor Aurangazeb is said to have chided his daughter Zeb-un-Nisa for appearing naked in the court when in reality she had been wearing several layers of the muslin cloth! Such was the fabric’s delicateness. The almost invisible fabric had made an Arab traveller in the 10 th century remark that the degree of fineness is such that a garment can be drawn through a ring of a middling size. During the British colonisation and even during the Mughal rule, the art of weaving muslin took a hit as weavers were treated poorly and drought hit many of the weaving centres. As a result, today, the process of weaving has seen a lot of change. 

Lotus in Thirunavaya

RM215.00 Regular Price
RM165.00Sale Price
  • Length:  5.5 meters ; Width: 47 inches

    Blouse Piece: No

    Wash Care: Dry Wash 

    Fabric: Mul Cotton

    Disclaimer: The pictures are clicked in daylight. Color may vary slightly from the image due to the screen brightness.

  • On a lotus sits Brahma, the creator. Brahma opens his eyes and the world comes into being, and he closes his eyes and the world goes out of being. So speaks the lore in Hinduism. The lotus flower reflects spiritual awakening, purity, potential, rebirth, creation and eternity. It is the spiritual symbolism tied to Egyptology, Hinduism and Buddhism. Nazakat – delicateness, finesse. Isn’t she just? You see her for a moment, breathless, intense, still – and you wonder what’s on her mind. ‘Her mother looked back at her as her father drove. Her long black hair was glistening in the flickers of light passing through the window. Looking at her mother, she admired her mother’s flawless pearlescent skin. Her mother was beautiful and she herself looked nothing like her’, she thought. But here was a delicate grace, a cast of thought upon her face that suited well her high forehead, dark lashes and downcast eyes. She wears her poise as calm, self-assured dignity and calls it just being myself’, a dedication to her mother.

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