The Difference Between Poplin and Twill Weave

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.

Physical traits of poplin weave:

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

          Poplin Scrubs                                      Poplin 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.

Physical traits of twill weave:

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

                  Twill Apron                            Twill Patient Gown


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