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Why Choose a Muslin Photography Backdrop?

There are a variety of different options when it comes to choosing the material for your photography backdrop. From paper to canvas to muslin, it can be hard to decide on which is best for any particular project. So why should you go with a muslin photography backdrop? There are a lot of reasons to consider.

What is Muslin

Model in front of solid grey muslin backdrops
Muslin soaks up dyes evenly making it a great option for solid backdrops.

Muslin is a cotton fabric. Its origins date back over one thousand years, when it was often chosen for clothing. In more modern times, muslin has become a mainstay for those in need of background materials for both on-stage plays and events, and for photography. The cotton used to construct muslin backdrops is in a far more raw form than the variety chosen for contemporary clothing. It is also sewn a bit more loosely. One of the benefits of muslin as a background material is that it accepts dyes and paints very well and holds the colors for years. Internationally speaking, muslin is classified by grams per square meter, or GSM. This speaks to the overall density and is an important factor when picking out a muslin photography backdrop. Many of the muslin drops on the market top out at around 125 GSM. These drops are suitable for some purposes, but the lack of density allows more back-lighting to show through and creates a less sturdy fabric. StudioWorld’s muslin backdrops start at 165 GSM, and become denser as backdrop type or design call for it. Continue reading