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    Question The name for this material...

    Hi all,
    This is the question I'd once asked, but have come up against! What is a jelly bag, or a muslin bag made of? What is the adjctive used to describe the thin material with lots of microscopic holes?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,
    This is the question I'd once asked, but have come up against! What is a jelly bag, or a muslin bag made of? What is the adjctive used to describe the thin material with lots of microscopic holes?!

    Thank you in advance!
    Not a teacher only a native.

    Muslin is a type of cotton, 'typically an unbleached or white cloth, produced from carded cotton yarn', according to wikipeida.

    Jelly bags (jam straining bags in BrE I am assuming), are commonly made of nylon, though other materials, such as cotton, are sometimes used.

    I am unsure of a word descibing, 'a thin material with lots of microscopic holes.' Perhaps 'microporous' would fit?

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    Default Re: The name for this material...

    In AmE the type of fabric you're describing would be generically referred to as "cheesecloth".

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    Default Re: The name for this material...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    In AmE the type of fabric you're describing would be generically referred to as "cheesecloth".
    Yes, I'd call it cheesecloth as well.

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    Default Re: The name for this material...

    If it was the material for a bag, I'd call it muslin. If it was clothing, I would say cheesecloth.

    And no, I've no idea why!

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    Default Re: The name for this material...

    Would you use the word "gauze" if it was clothing?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Would you use the word "gauze" if it was clothing?

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    I don't think so, no. Gauze is the open-weave material that you put over cotton wool and salve on a wound (an injury) before putting a plaster (Band-aid) over the top to hold it in place.

    A loose stretchy bandage is made of "crepe".

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Would you use the word "gauze" if it was clothing?

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    I believe you can. Look here. gauze - definition of gauze by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    There is also a good entry for gauze in Wikipedia, which I was unable to link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If it was the material for a bag, I'd call it muslin. If it was clothing, I would say cheesecloth.

    And no, I've no idea why!
    I would too. I guess that the way were heard it used.

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    Question Re: The name for this material...

    Many thanks to all dear posters!
    Can I use 'sheer' as an adjective to describe such stuff?


    And, any nontechnical name for the material used in screen doors?



    Best!

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