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Difference Between Twill and Duck

Twill vs Duck

Twill and duck, also called cotton duck, are two different kinds of fabrics. Fabrics are differentiated from each other on the basis of the weave, weight, color, texture, and the yarns used to weave them. Twill and duck are also different from each other in all these aspects.

Duck is considered to be one of the durable fabrics. It is a sport weight fabric. It has a square or plain weave, unlike twill, which has a diagonal weave. Duck is a very tightly woven fabric which makes it waterproof. It is easily washed and is resistant to snags and wind damage. Twill, on the other hand, is a very heavy weight fabric which is not as durable as duck. It is hard and a long-wearing fabric yet creases easily and is resistant to wear and tear. Twill generally becomes softer with wear and fades with washing.

Depending upon the weight, heavy weight duck fabric is used for making tents, awnings, hats, sails, etc. Light weight fabric is used in designing industrial-strength, stiff, utility clothes like aprons, jackets, etc. Twill is used for making trousers, jackets, overalls, uniforms, and many other clothing items. They are being used to make designer shoes also. In home furnishings they are being used to make bedspreads, upholstery, clothing, curtains, etc.

Duck fabric comes in varied weights, but they can be differentiated mainly into light weight and heavy weight duck fabrics. Other than these two weights they also come in weights and weaves which are called army duck and blended duck. Blended duck means there is another yarn other than cotton blended into the fabric, and army duck is specifically made for the Army. It is very tightly woven to give it extra durability and make it mildew and waterproof. Twill comes in various ranges and strengths. There are light weight and heavy weight twills, blended twill which has spandex or some other yarn blended with the cotton yarn like polyester, etc. The blending makes the fabric easy to clean, light, stretchable, and easier to look after.

Cotton is used for making duck fabric. It is a very tight weave and has a square or plain weave which makes it very stiff. There are two yarns used, one in the weft and the other in the warp. Twill has a diagonal twill weave. Twill comes in solid colors and includes two yarns, one in the warp and the other in the weft.

Summary:

1.Duck fabric has a square or plain weave; twill fabric has a diagonal weave.
2.Duck is a very tightly woven fabric making it waterproof and very durable; twill is less durable and non-waterproof.
3.Duck is used for making tents, awnings, hats, sails, etc. Light weight fabric is used in designing industrial-strength, stiff, utility clothes like aprons, jackets, etc; twill is used for making trousers, jackets, overalls, uniforms, and many other clothing items. They are being used to make designer shoes also. In home furnishings they are being used to make bedspreads, upholstery, clothing, curtains, etc.


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