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Poplin and Broadcloth Patterns In Dress Shirts

November 2, 2009

Poplin is a plain weave and is a durable fabric. It has a ribbed appearance, which is formed by using coarser weft yarns (running selvage to selvage). Shirts made from this material are easy to iron and do not wrinkle easily.

Poplin has a more pronounced rib than broadcloth

Poplin has a more pronounced rib than broadcloth

Originally, the first poplin was made from silk at Avignon, France in the 1400’s. Its name comes from papeline, which refers to the papal residence at Avignon.

Broadcloth resembles poplin, except for its more subtle ribbed appearance. It originated from medieval England and at that time was only made from wool.

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