A very fine type of bobbinet netting initially made with silk, thought to have first been made in 18thC Tulle, in southern central France, which was then an important centre of lace silk making.
Now also produced in nylon or rayon, tulle is a lightweight and yet very strong fabric. This combination of delicate appearance and resilient shape explains why it was first used for ballet tutus and wedding veils. Tulle netting can also be stretched onto panels as mosquito/insect screens, and made into mosquito nets. In interiors, it can be very useful for adding body behind bunched headings, in quilted panels, dressing table skirts and ornamental silk bows.