The Difference Between Poplin and Twill Weave

The Difference Between Poplin and Twill Weave

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What is the difference between poplin weave and twill weave? How can you tell them apart? This article will tell you what you need to know so you can make an informed decision.

Poplin Weave

Poplin is a type of fabric made with a plain weave of any type of material or blend. It can also be referred to as "tabinet" weave. A poplin weave is constructed when the threads go over and under each other to create a square-like pattern (see photo below.) This results in a strong, flat finish that is resistant to wrinkling and is easy to iron. For this reason, it is commonly used to make dress shirts, dresses, and skirts. It can also be used in upholstery, tablecloths, and aprons. At Direct Textile, we have a variety of hospitality apparel made with Poplin Weave.

Poplin Weave Physical traits of poplin weave:

  • Rigid structure yet smooth to touch
  • Durable
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Easy to iron

         Poplin Scrubs       Poplin Apron

ScrubPoplin Apron

Twill Weave

Twill is a type of textile weave that is created with diagonal parallel ribs (see photo below.) This diagonal structure creates a durable and attractive fabric that has countless applications. Much of our heavy duty work-wear is a twill weave. Denim and Khaki pants are twill weaves. Unlike other plain weaves, twill weaves have a front side (called technical face) and a back side (called technical back). Another advantage of twill is the diagonal pattern shows less dirt and soil than a plain weave. Twill performs better than other weaves when dealing with water-resistance, durability, and recovery from wrinkles. At Direct Textile, we have a variety of aprons made with Twill Weave.

Twill weavePhysical traits of twill weave:

  • Diagonal rib pattern
  • Shows less dirt
  • Has different sides
  • Sturdy for work clothing

             Twill Apron           Twill Patient Gown

Twill ApronTwill Patient Gown

There are different types of fabric weaves, and knowing the difference between Poplin and twill weave can help inform better clothing decisions. Poplin and Twill weave are two of the most common weaves used in fabric production. Poplin has a crisp texture, consists of simple over-under weave and usually is made of cotton or silk thread. The smooth, distinct surface makes it popular for handkerchiefs and aprons. Twill weave is unique for its diagonal interlacing pattern that results in a sturdy textured fabric which helps to reduce wrinkles. It is commonly found in jeans, cotton jackets and tapestry furniture upholstery. When considering the use of either Poplin or Twill weave, one must think about the desired outcome - often aprons will best reflect Poplin's crispness while Twill's strength is perfect for jeans durable enough to withstand everyday wear and tear!

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