About Batiste Fabric

Batiste is a "plain weave" fabric similar to Percale, that is very light in weight, very soft and smooth to the hand with a "crisp" feel. Plain weave fabrics make an especially good down proof fabric.


The Batiste weave was created in the 13th century and was originally woven with the Flax (linen) fiber. Today, Batiste is typically woven with Cotton or modern plant derived fibers such as Tencel® and is especially suitable for use in down comforters, where softness, strength and light weight are desirable attributes.


Downproof Batiste fabric, used for down comforters and pillows and specially woven to prevent the down from leaking out of the fabric, can sometimes have a noticeable "crinkly" or rustling sound, that will lessen over time, with use.


illustraion of a plain weave


Like the plain weave Percale, the Batiste weave is strong and durable. A fine downproof Batiste fabric, such as the fabric used in our Apres™ Batiste Tencel® down comforter is densely woven with very fine threads and is very similar to the finest lightweight Percale fabrics, such as the Sferra Giza 45 Percale.


The characteristics of the Batiste weave; lightness, softness, smoothness, strength and durability, when combined with the attributes of Tencel®, (softer than silk, cooler than linen, and naturally anti-microbial) results in a downproof fabric that is without equal for lightness, strength and softness.

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