Traditionally broadcloth is a dense woolen cloth but in modern times, broadcloth is also composed of cotton, silk or polyester. The broadcloth fabric is very sturdy and soft and mainly used in cold areas. These days, broadcloth is not as widely used as once it was. Still it has place in manufacturing of shirts and other clothing products. Most of the custom made shirts manufacturers have variety colors and shades in broadcloth, but it is quite costly due to its high quality.
Around 1500 in medieval period, broadcloth was manufactured in England. The raw material used for its manufacturing was staple wool, spun and carded into yarn and then woven on a broad loom. Then it was filled to eliminate impurities and in the end, smooth surface was achieved. In current times, to make broadcloth, an extra wide loom is used. The cloth is quite tightly woven and stretched on tenters, before being dipped in water. With the help of water, the wool shrinks when pulled out and dried. Then the fabric is rubbed with fullers and beaten with wooden hammers. The ultimate result is soft, supple and smooth cloth. Broadcloth is also not greasy, which is its major attribute that sets it apart from other wool products.
These days cotton broadcloth is also manufactured while some have very narrow subtle rib that makes it to resemble with poplin. In broadcloth manufacturing, synthetic fibers are not used because they do not behave like wool or cotton. The cotton broadcloth is much lighter than wool broadcloth but have same sturdy properties. In 1700s, many other weaving techniques replaced broadcloth but broadcloth retained due to its high fabric quality, there are many customers who still prefer original broadcloth.
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