Muslin Backdrop: What Is Muslin?
Muslin has been part of history and yet is oftentimes overlooked because of its plainness and simplicity. Marie Antoinette herself has had a portrait made of herself wearing an elegant muslin dress and a feathered hat. The origins of muslin is varied and unclear, with travelers such as Marco Polo claiming that the fabric comes from the Kakatiya kingdom while the Arab merchant Sulaiman pointing to Bengal instead.
Regardless of where it first came from, muslin has gained popularity over the years as it is lightweight, making it ideal as material for clothes in hot and humid climates as air moves very easily through it. However, muslin is not only used for clothes. The fabric has plenty of other uses, hence it very quickly becoming a household name.
The Muslin Backdrop In Theater
Muslin is also used in the theater as part of sets. It is used to mask the background of the usually messy set, hiding props yet to be used from view. It is also used to establish the mood or feel of a scene. After all, a scene with a muslin backdrop draped messily behind the characters is very different from a scene with a pristine backdrop. The fabric receives paint well making it ideal to be used to depict scenes of landscape and the like which cannot be easily show on stage. If treated properly, the fabric can even be made translucent lending an ethereal air to theater scenes.
The Muslin Backdrop In Movies
Ever wondered how in movies, the characters move about in worlds that could not possibly have been shot in a soundproof stage, even with all our technology?
This is actually due to the magic of the greenscreen or bluescreen technique. The muslin backdrop can also be used as such, should it be precolored by the manufacturer. Without the use of a muslin cloth, creating new worlds in movies won’t be possible at all.