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Difference Between Poplin and Twill

Difference Between Poplin and Twill

How often is it that we stop to think about the differences between the various kinds of fabrics our clothes are made of? If we've piqued your interest, read on to know the difference between poplin and twill.
Vrinda Varnekar
Did You Know?
Poplin is often confused with Broadcloth, a type of fabric that is almost, but not quite, the same as Poplin.
Whether you're into fashion, or are planning to make yourself some new clothes, it's rather obvious that you're going to want to know everything about the fabrics that you'll be choosing, and that includes the individual characteristics of each kind, along with the differences between them. Each fabric type is suited to a particular use, and it is wise to choose your fabric only after knowing if it is, in fact, best suited for your task.

In this article, we're going to have a look at the difference between poplin and twill fabrics. (By fabrics, we mean the kind of weave used in making them.) Poplin and twill, two different types of weaves used to make different fabrics, are in popular demand, particularly by fashion students as well as the make-your-own-clothes-divas who know what wonders these materials can create. Though the fabrics might seem similar to a rookie at first, they're actually pretty different. So what are the differences between the two? Read on for more information!
What Is Twill?
Twill is a popular and one of the most basic kinds of weaves used in textiles in which the threads are woven over and under two or more yarns. An offset between the rows helps create a distinctive diagonal pattern, which distinguishes it from other types of textile weaves. Fabrics made from twill weaves have both a front and a back side, wherein the front is the attractive side of the fabric.

Twill was introduced into the fabric world much before poplin, though it is not clear who was responsible for the same, and when. Some studies suggest that twill was used as early as 6000 BC in the Celtic culture, though there is not enough evidence to prove the same.
What is Poplin?
Poplin is also a kind of fabric weave, and unlike twill, is a plain weave. It is very tightly woven, is very durable, and sometimes, water resistant too, depending upon the fiber used. Poplin fabrics consist of criss-cross ribs which give the textile a corded surface. This fabric has no specific front and back side as opposed to twill.

Poplin is believed to have been introduced to the fabric world by France sometime in the 15th century. Initially meant to be a holy fabric, it was also known as Tabinet in French. Though it was originally named Papelino in honor of the Pope, it eventually became poplin in English.
◼ Poplin is very thin and light in nature.
◼ It wrinkles easily.
◼ It is smooth and soft in texture.
◼ It drapes easily and perfectly.
◼ It is used in making shirts, dresses, blouses, and sportswear.
◼ Poplin is 'breathable' owing to its light nature.
◼ It is less dirt-resistant.
◼ It is not easy to iron quickly.
◼ Twill is heavier than poplin.
◼ It is resistant to wrinkles.
◼ It is slightly shiny, but not as soft as poplin.
◼ It drapes comfortably though not as perfectly as poplin.
◼ It is used in making trousers, jeans, outdoor wear, shorts, and curtains.
◼ Twill is not breathable, but is comfortable.
◼ It is more dirt-resistant.
◼ It is easy to iron.
So that was all about the difference between poplin and twill. The next time you're pondering over what fabric you should buy for making any particular clothes item, you know what you can use twill and poplin for. In conclusion, it's probably not right to distinguish between the two types, for they are equally amazing and equally important, depending upon what you're going to use them for.