The words cloth, fabric, material and textile all describe the product you get if you weave or knit fibers together.
- The word textile is mainly used in the context of production:
“He works in the textile industry (or: in textiles).”
- The word cloth is frequently used in the context of buying and selling:
“They import fine Indian silk cloth.”
- Cloth is often used for light materials, while fabric describes heavier ones:
“We produce fabrics for making curtains.”
- The word material is more general, as it can also be used for other substances that things are made from, such as wood or plastic.