What Is Cotton Poplin?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 12, 2020 7:14:17 PM ET
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Poplin is a strong and tightly woven cotton fabric that is used for clothing and crafting. This fabric uses a plain weave similar to quilting cotton but is less susceptible to wrinkling and easier to iron.

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Poplin is a light-to-medium weight material that is most commonly used to make skirts, shirts and dresses. The material is also used for rich upholstery work. Poplin originally consisted of a silk wrap with worsted yarn or a weft but is now crafted from material such as rayon, cotton and silk. The word poplin is derived from the French word "papelino," which is a fabric that was made in Avignon, France, in the 15th century.