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A fine, sheer, plain weave fabric originally made from linen during the 13th century. Cotton replaced linen for making batiste in the 19th century, and now it also made from cotton blends and synthetic fibers. The fine, linen-like fabric is used for lingerie, blouses, shirts, dresses, and handkerchiefs. Some plain weave, sheer fabrics made from wool and silk are also called batiste.


Synonyms and Related Terms

batiste de soie (Fr.); batista (Esp.); batist (Ned); baptiste;

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

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