Batiste is an opaque fabric that is woven in plain weave. It is named after a 13th-century French linen weaver, Jean Baptiste and the fabric was originally woven in flax. The term ‘batiste’ was used to describe the type of soft lustrous finish that the fabric was given. Nowadays, although a linen batiste may still be found, the most common batiste fabric is a cotton batiste made from 100% cotton or, more usually, a cotton blend. Occasionally batiste may be made from wool, silk, polyester or viscose, or blends of these.

Properties and qualities

Batiste is soft gentle on the skin, making it a great choice for those who suffer with asthma and allergies. These properties also make it an excellent choice of fabric for children’s bedding. Batiste is strong and durable making it a long-lasting material. It is also lustrous with good drape.

How does it feel?

Batiste is renowned for its softness and smoothness.


Batiste cotton can be machine washed. For best results, refer to the care instructions on your batiste cotton product.