Mulmul featured in Vogue

Mulmul featured in Vogue

Indian labels with the softest mulmul outfits to buy this summer

The gossamer fabric that is also known as ‘woven wind’ is just what you need this season. India accounts for 95 per cent of the world's handwoven fabrics today, but it has been a pioneer in the field for centuries now. Take mulmul (or muslin), one of the oldest fabrics in the world. It was first made by Bengali weavers in Dhakeshwari or Dhaka in Bangladesh, which was a part of India back then. Mentions of the fabric go back to the reign of Chandragupta Maurya (321–297 BCE) while the export of ‘Dhake ka mulmul’ to the word particularly flourished during the Mughal rule. Europeans first encountered it in Mosul in Iraq (hence leading to the name muslin), where it is said to have been imported from India by Arab traders. The lightweight fabric was so famously fine that an entire sari could pass through a ring, and earned it monikers such as ‘wonder gossamer’ or ‘the woven wind’.

The breathable fabric has long been a saviour during unforgiving Indian summers, and it’s one we recommend adding to your wardrobe this season too. Not sure where to start your search? Ahead, check out our list of brands with our top picks from each.


This Delhi-based label, true to its name, specialises in pure mulmul cotton kurta sets that are a sworn favourite with celebrities like Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan. This all-white white kurta and palazzo set with lace trims and tonal embroidery is a match made in summer heaven.


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