INTRODUCTION – WHAT IS BATISTE?
Batiste is a type of fabric that is typically made from fine and smooth cotton yarns. The name comes from the French term “batiste,” which is used to describe a thin, lightweight, semi-transparent, and extremely airy fabric. Although batiste fabric can be made from different materials, the finest cotton is most commonly used to produce this fabric today.
#DIDYOUKNOW During the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, batiste was a favorite material for women’s clothing at European courts. Due to its smooth texture and softness, batiste rivaled silk. Even today, some textile experts have difficulty distinguishing high-quality batiste from silk because of their similar characteristics.
THE PROCESS OF MAKING BATISTE FABRIC
Yarn Preparation – Fine and smooth yarn is used for the production of batiste. The yarn can be cotton, silk, or any other fiber used in fabric manufacturing.
Weaving – Batiste is produced through weaving. Weaving is the process of interlacing the warp and weft yarns to create fabric. Batiste is usually woven on a loom, and specific weaving patterns are used to achieve its characteristic fine, semi-transparent, and airy texture.
Finishing touches – After weaving, the fabric undergoes a finishing process, which includes washing, ironing, and other treatments.
! When treating cotton batiste fabric, dyeing or printing is often avoided, and its natural „grimy“ white color is mostly retained to preserve the fabric’s lightness and breathability.
ADVANTAGES AND USES OF BATIST FABRIC
Today, due to its complex production process and high market value, batiste is less commonly used in popular fashion and is mostly reserved for special purposes. Batiste cotton fabric is now the top choice as an outer material for luxury bedspreads, bed linens, and other types of fine bed textiles.
EFD by Schlarafia utilizes batiste fabric made from the finest cotton to create outer covers for selected products from their exclusive collection of pillows and duvets filled with rare polar birds’ feathers and down.
The lightness and breathability of batiste material do not compromise the natural properties provided by the finest feathers and down, which are used to fill the duvets and pillows. Additional advantages of batiste fabric include comfort and breathability, as the fabric can effectively absorb moisture and allow air to flow through it.
Nikola Aničić, Slađana Nikolić