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A very soft lightweight, opaque or sheer fabric in a plain weave, often used for linings.

Batiste is the softest of the lightweight opaque fabrics. Made of cotton, wool, silk, polyester, or a blend of these, batiste is mercerized to add strength and luster. It was named after the 13th Century French linen weaver, Jean Batiste.

Batiste is a balanced plain weave cloth made from cotton or linen such as cambric. Batiste is very often used to line high-quality garments such as wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. You may also find Batiste fabric fashioned into handkerchiefs and lingerie. That “something old” hanky from your great-grandmother just might be Batiste.

There are other fabrics that are very similar to Batiste. One thing to keep in mind when shopping for batiste fabric is how it looks when you hold it up to light. Is it more opaque or sheer? "Opaque" meaning: can you actually see somewhat clearly when you are looking through it? If not, it’s probably more of a sheer fabric such as chiffon or organdy. If you can see through it, success! You’re probably looking at a nice, soft Batiste fabric.


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