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What is "Broadcloth" - Definition & Explanation

Originally a silk shirting fabric so named because it was woven in widths exceeding the usual 29". Today, broadcloth refers to a tightly woven, lustrous cotton or polyester/cotton blend fabric in a plain weave with a crosswise rib. It resembles poplin, but the rib is finer, and broadcloth always has more crosswise yarns (picks) than poplin.
A fine tightly woven plain weave fabric with a faint rib. Usually of cotton or cotton blend but can be of any fiber. Frequently used in men's shirts. 2. a fine soft woven wool fabric, plain or twill weave, with a smooth napped face.
Can be manufactured from cotton and silk, and rayon which are very different than wool broadcloth. A plain weave tightly woven fabric, characterized by a slight ridge effect in one direction, usually the filling. Most cotton broadcloths are made with a very fine crosswise rib weave. In cotton it is made from either carded or combed yarns. The filling is heavier and has less twist. It is finer than poplin when made with a crosswise rib and it is lustrous and soft with a good texture. Thread count ranges from high quality 144 x 6 count down to 80 x 60. Has a smooth finish. May be bleached, dyed, or printed; also is often mercerized. Broadcloth tends to wear very well. If it is not of a high quality or treated it wrinkles very badly. The finest quality is made from Egyptian or combed pima cotton
A plain weave tightly woven fabric, characterized by a slight ridge effect in one direction, usually the filling. The most common broadcloth is made from cotton or cotton/polyester blends.
Broadcloth -material of superior quality.
Closely woven fabric with very fine embedded ribs and a lustrous finish. Made in many weights, fibers, and blends. Resembles fine poplin. (Worsted and woolen broadcloths have a glossy finish).
A fine, closely woven, lustrous cotton or cotton/poly blend made in plain weave with a fine rib in the direction of the filling (across). The filling yarn is heavier and has less twist than the warp yarn (down). The cloth is usually mercerized, and has a soft, firm finish.
Originally, a silk shirting fabric so named because it was woven in widths exceeding the usual 29 inches.
A tightly woven, lustrous cotton or polyester/cotton blend fabric in a plain weave with a crosswise rib. It resembles poplin, but the rib is finer, and broadcloth always has more picks than poplin. The finest qualities are made with combed pima or Egyptian cotton.
A smooth, rich-looking, woolen fabric with a napped face and a twill back. Better grades have a glossy, velvety hand
A wide cloth of more than 140cm in width used mainly for suiting. Can also be used to describe a lightweight cotton poplin type material used for shirtings.
Broadcloth is a fabric so named because it was woven in widths exceeding 29 inches.

Some other terms

Some more terms:

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