Poplin, (originally 'papaline' because produced in Avignon for exclusive winter use of the pope, at time (XIV century) there resident) also called tabinet (or tabbinet)[citation needed], was a fine but thick wool, cotton and silk fabric with a horizontal warp and a vertical weft made with twice the yarns. Nowadays (by 1920 imported in the States by British producers who made it lighter) it is a strong fabric in a plain weave of any fiber or blend, with crosswise ribs that typically give a corded surface.

Poplin traditionally consisted of a silk warp with a weft of worsted yarn. In this case, as the weft is in the form of a stout cord the fabric has a ridged structure, like rep, which gave depth and softness to the lustre of the silky surface. The ribs run across the fabric from selvedge to selvedge.

Poplin is now made with wool, cotton, silk, rayon, polyester or a mixture of these. Being a plain under/over weave, if the weft and warp threads are of the same material and size, the effect is a plain woven surface with no ribbing. Shirts made from this material are easy to iron and do not wrinkle easily.

Poplins are used for dress purposes, and for rich upholstery work which are formed by using coarse filling yarns in a plain weave.

The term poplin originates from papelino, a fabric made at Avignon, France, in the 15th century, named for the papal (pope's) residence there, and from the French papelaine a fabric, normally made with silk, of the same period.Common usage of poplin until about the 20th century was to make silk, cotton or heavy weight wool dresses, suitable for winter wear. Poplin was also a popular upholstery fabric.

In the early 1920s, British-made cotton poplin was introduced to the United States, but the American market thought that the name had connotations of heaviness and arbitrarily renamed it broadcloth, a name that persists for a cotton or polyester-cotton blend fabric used for shirting. In Europe, broadcloth typically describes a densely woven woolen fabric with a smooth finish

Cotton Poplin

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  • Cotton lawn is a lightweight breathable fabric. It is ideal for dressmaking, especially for summer dresses, blouses, nightwear and children’s clothes. It is made from 100% cotton.

    Cotton poplin is more durable than cotton lawn and a light to medium weight cotton.

    Cotton poplin is perfect for making dresses, tops, tunics, shirts and jackets.

    Wash at 40˚ using non-bio liquid and wash the fabric before use, as it is likely to shrink. Iron using the appropriate setting for cotton on your iron. Dry naturally. or tumble dry on a low setting.

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