Cotton Batiste is light weight woven fabric of various usages
Cotton batiste is woven from 100% cotton which is a lightweight fabric that can be adapted for a variety of uses. Batiste is a plain weave, very soft, lightweight, opaque fabric, made from cotton or wool with a blend of polyester threads. During the manufacturing, batiste does not receive an acid wash, therefore is not a transparent fabric like organdie. Cotton batiste is thicker than lawn and is often mercerized to add shine. Cotton batiste is generally easy to sew and takes colour dyes well. The soft, smooth fabric drapes nicely and is usually non-irritating to the human skin. Imperial batiste is a blend of cotton and polyester, while plain batiste is most often derived from cotton or wool.
Another variety of this fabric is satin batiste which is produced with a satin weave that adds significant lustre to the material; it is often used for handkerchiefs and lingerie. Batiste is extensively used in children clothes due to its delicate touch and extreme softness. This tremendously breathable material is a favourite for smocking and heirloom pieces, as well as other special occasion garments. Cotton batiste is lightweight opaque fabric, very thin and light but not as transparent as sheer fabrics. The distinction between the two is not always pronounced and end usages include apparel and furnishings. Despite its delicate appearance, batiste is fairly durable and can be washed in machine and tumble dried on low heat.