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popelina cairo

English translation: Egyptian cotton


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Spanish term or phrase:popelina cairo
English translation:Egyptian cotton
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00:42 Sep 6, 2008
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Spanish term or phrase: popelina cairo
Does anybody knows what cairo is in popelina cairo, it must be some kind of fabric, but in english, it could be just Cairo Poplin???
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Egyptian cotton
We often refer to the highest quality cotton as "Egyptian cotton" and as Taña indicated poplin and cotton refer to the same fabric.
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Taña Dalglish



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Egyptian cotton

We often refer to the highest quality cotton as "Egyptian cotton" and as Taña indicated poplin and cotton refer to the same fabric.

Example sentence(s):
  • "The garment is constructed of fine Egyptian poplin."
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agree  Daniel Parra: Agree, although my hometown in Arizona believes that Pima cotton is of higher quality ;-)
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  -> You're right; Pima cotton is good stuff.

agree  Anne Smith Campbell: Egyptian cotton poplin, or poplin cotton egiptian,... el orden de las palabras al parecer debpende del país... o quizás de traducciones. En fín, el caso es que es cotton y si hace falta se añade poplin. Saludos, A.
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agree  Sandra Holt
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agree  Laurie Price: Technically, poplin is a smooth ribbed fabric & can be cotton, silk or wool, and cairo is in Egypt & together what that image produces, for me, is Egyptian cotton -- a cotton that's so smooth and has such a tight weave that it looks a bit shiny --
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Originally made in Fustat near Cairo, hence its name. .... American cotton broadcloth shirting is known as poplin in Great Britain. ...

Weave: Plain weave and in most cotton broadcloths made with a very fine crosswise rib weave.
Characteristics: Originally indicated a cloth woven on a wide loom. Very closely woven and in cotton, 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. Wears very well. If not of a high quality or treated it wrinkles very badly. Finest quality made from Egyptian or combed pima cotton - also sea island.
Uses: Shirts, dresses, particularly the tailored type in plain colours, blouses, summer wear of all kinds.

Characteristics: It is one of the world's major textile fibres. It is obtained from bushy plants. There are four main types of cotton: American Upland, Egyptian, Sea Island and Asiatic. The flowers from which these different types of cotton are obtained vary in colour and texture, thus providing each type of cotton with varying characteristics. Cotton, in general, is very elastic. It can withstand high temperatures, has high washability and is very susceptible to dyes.
Uses: Clothing, households.

1. View of Ancient and Modern Egypt: With an Outline of Its Natural ... - Resultado de la Búsqueda de libros de Google
de Michael Russell - 1842 - Egypt - 348 páginas
They carry home Venetian glass manufactures, woollen dresses, cotton and linen ... every variety of cotton goods, superfine broadcloths, lead, tin, iron, ...


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