Some of the women choose a certain thing in appearance, but for most of them it is important to understand what kind of material is inherent in its foundation. This is especially true of those products that have constant contact with the body: for example, bed linen. Not so long ago poplin reappeared at the peak of popularity. This name is not familiar to everyone, but, nevertheless, it is very often taken for the manufacture of bed linen. Is it better than the usual coarse calico or sateen?
Poplin: what is this fabric?
Appeared initially as a material for the garments of the clergy, poplin quickly gained its fans in Europe, and at the end of the 18th century it became available to the inhabitants of Russia. In those days, it was also called “European coarse calico,” which, perhaps, had its foundations. By their texture and style of weaving, these fabrics are really similar, but poplin is easily identified by the so-called rep effect, when the alternation of threads of different thickness forms a kind of scars. Thus, due to the use of a thick and thick thread at the base, and a thin one in the longitudinal rows, an unevenness of the web is created. For the same reason, the fabric is considered coarse, suitable only for household items, but not for clothing.
And then, and today poplin belongs to the group of natural fabrics woven on the basis of cotton. Chemical fibers are added to it in small quantities, and very rarely cotton is replaced by silk with a minimum percentage of wool, so that the fabric gets the necessary density. In most cases, poplin is exported from Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey, as well as from India, but there is no point in tracing the country of origin. Poplin from China is no different from poplin from Pakistan in its quality characteristics.
But the method of its processing can already vary considerably. The resulting fabric is not always rough and embossed - there are options for bleached fabrics and variegated, plain-colored and even printed. Almost all of them are pleasant to the body, as a result of which production of bed linen made of poplin was launched. In addition, the material retains a given shape well, although it is able to wrinkle after washing, if not shaken before drying. Also, on a par with other natural fabrics, poplin is "breathable", passes moisture and stores the resulting heat.
If you make a choice between poplin, satin and calico, thinking over the purchase or tailoring of bed linen, it is necessary to thoroughly study the properties of all 3 fabrics. Someone calls poplin their ideal replacement, because it combines the best qualities of coarse calico and sateen. But it is not deprived of some drawbacks, so it’s definitely impossible to make a choice in its favor without familiarizing yourself with the other options.
Speaking about the general characteristics of bed linen obtained from poplin, one should mention the light matte sheen of the material, softness, low density and durability. At the same time, products from it are most often monophonic or with low-key and unassuming patterns that cannot compete with designer ones. This is a good choice of good-quality and attractive linen, but having more interesting in terms of appearance analogues. However, differing in price is not for the better.
Poplin or satin - which is better?
Satin is a similar analogue of a higher price category: a close relative of the atlas, which also has a silk base. Noble brilliance, skillful dressing and even weaving give it a "breed" - underwear of aristocracy, dress and more. other things were dropped from him. And today, fashion designers love to use it when creating evening dresses, as well as exquisite combinations. For bed linen, only wealthy segments of the population could afford to buy satin before. Today, at its cost, it has become much more accessible, however, it is still far from being for everyone.
On the surface of such material thin threads predominate, which almost do not break, which makes it much more elegant than other cotton fabrics (the same calico and poplin). Processing allows you to produce dyed and printed versions of satin, as well as bleached. At the same time, stunning drawings can be made on it, which makes satin attractive in the eyes of designers. In contrast to the more dense satin, the basis of satin can include only artificial silk in a small amount. The main part of the thread is made of cotton, which is carefully twisted and laid in a double weave. The stronger its coil is made, the higher the degree of gloss of the surface of the finished web.
The main reason for the attractiveness of satin - the fabric is almost not wrinkled, as is natural silk. Therefore, he does not need ironing, and because of its low density, it is sometimes unsafe. If it so happens that satin (or poplin) is crumpled, it is stripped. And it is for this reason that bedspreads are in the greatest demand from satin, as an ideal version that does not change shape and does not acquire creases: with it the bed always looks neat.
Wear resistance of sateen also does not cause censures (300 washes), but it is lower than that of poplin. Satin from 100% cotton does not slip, does not stretch to the body, because it does not lend itself to electrification, and also perfectly passes air and regulates the temperature, which is also characteristic of poplin. And due to its cost, it is considered to be an excellent substitute for natural silk. Poplin on the external qualities will give way to satin. But its price category is much closer to the simple consumer.
Calico or poplin?
Calico - the fabric is much more rough and "simple" than satin. Silk fibers in it does not happen, it is made almost always only from cotton threads. Even the surface of the bleached canvas is rude, has no shine. Coarse calico is much inferior not only to satin, but also to poplin, it is more often used as a basis for sheets than for pillowcases or blankets.
Also, coarse calico is ideal for bed linen to the country, especially if the bed is in the open air. Such clothes will need frequent washings, which, unlike poplin, will survive the calico much easier. She does not lose her qualities at all during this process, as a result of which she is praised for the woman’s wear resistance.
According to the tactile characteristics of coarse calico - fabric on the fan. It does not electrify and does not stick to the body, but does not slip over it either. Density is so high that in winter linen from calico holds well and gives off heat, but for summer it is better to look for thinner and cooling fabrics. Ecological cleanliness and hygiene are another advantages in the piggy bank of coarse calico, but still, if comfort of touching the fabric and its appearance is much more important for you, poplin for bed linen is somewhat preferable. Especially since he took all the best qualities from the coarse calico, except that it was slightly inferior to her in durability. And even the price category of calico and poplin is so close that, other things being equal, almost everyone makes a choice in favor of the latter.
Is poplin suitable for bed linen?
Negative reviews about bed linen from poplin on the part of consumers almost does not occur. In the case when the fabric is 100% woven of cotton (or with the addition of silk), without the admixture of synthetic (chemical) fibers, it performs all the functions and becomes the perfect combination of comfort and attractiveness. It is highly appreciated by those people who are not indifferent to the composition of the body adjacent to the body, and those who want to see beauty in even the smallest details.
- Evgenia: I dreamed of silk bedding for a long time, but I still can not afford the cost of genuine high-quality silk. A friend offered to watch his counterparts - satin and poplin. I never heard of the latter, but I agreed. Externally, the differences between them are not found, and the price inclined to try a cheaper version of poplin. This is a delight! I don’t want to move away from the bed - it attracts both the eyes and me: it is pleasant to touch, it is pleasant to wrap in a blanket with such a duvet cover. Let's see what in a year will be with the coloring.
- Galina: In the apartment we have sets of linen made of satin and silk, and in the country house my sister and I decided to try a budget version of poplin. If you do not pay attention to some inexpressive colors, poplin is in no way inferior to the same satin: pleasant sensations and good appearance.
In whose side to make a choice - satin, poplin or calico? You decide. The above information allows us to understand that each material has its own purpose and its own characteristics. Basically, the difference lies in the difference in appearance and strength of the fabric. But be that as it may, poplin can be considered a worthy competitor to more expensive fabrics, and it definitely deserves to decorate your bed.