A soft cushion of loosely matted fibers. Batting is used for padding and insulation in upholstered furniture, cushions, packing, and quilts. It is usually made from cotton, or polyester, and occasionally wool.
Synonyms and Related Terms
batt; stuffing; wadding; padding, Pellon
Handling and Workability
Cotton fibers are hygroscopic and may provide some humidity buffering, but the batting tends to flatten with time. Polyester is non-absorbent, pest resistant, and provides cushioning 'memory' (PACCIN)
Hazards and Safety
Batting fibers can easily snag on small object parts.
Forms and Sizes
Batting is typically available Roll lengths vary - widths typically 40” or 45” up to 90”. Thickness (referred to as "loft") ranges from .007” to 1”. Can easily be stacked to achieve more substantial thicknesses. Some versions provide easily separable layers.
Applications for Storage Exhibit and Transport
- Cushioning and fill in cavities around stored or packed artifacts
- Incorporated in padded textile hangars or stockinette tubes
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Preparation, Art Handling, Collections Care Information Network (PACCIN)
- Marjorie Shelley, The Care and Handling of Art Objects, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1987
- Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
- Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000