From the French, “popeline”. It is a staple, dress—goods material. The cloth resembles bombazine, and silk warp and woolen filling are used. In the higher priced cloth, worsted filling is utilized. Filling yarn is particularly cylindrical as it tends to give the rounded form of rib line, noted in the fabric, in the horizontal direction. The cloth is also made from other major textile fibers.
Cotton poplin has a more pronounced rib filling effect than broadcloth. The filling is bulkier than the warp but there are more ends than picks per inch in the material. In the carded poplin the textures vary from 88 x 40 to 112 x 46; combed poplin ranges from 88 x 44 to 116 x 56. The cloth is mercerized and usually chased for high luster. May be bleached or dyed with vat colors; printed poplin is also popular. Heavy poplin is given water-repellent finish for outdoor use; some of the fabric is given ,suede finish. Rayon and nylon poplin are also made.