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A lightweight, loosely woven unsized Cotton fabric. Cheesecloth is very absorbent and lint-free. Cheesecloth was originally used for wrapping cheese and meat. It has since been used for lining, filtering (dyes, varnishes, etc.), polishing, and bandaging. Cheesecloth used to line the spines of books was usually sized.

Synonyms and Related Terms

gasa rectilínea (Esp.); kaasdoek (Ned); butter muslin; beef cloth;

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 183
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Conservation Support Systems, Catalog, 1997
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998