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Date: 1/22/13 12:22 PM

What is the difference between Lawn cotton fabric and Batiste cotton fabric? Is it the same?

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Date: 1/22/13 5:12 PM

I tend to think of batiste as having a slightly crisper hand, and lawn as being a little floatier, if that makes any sense. But they're both finely woven, very lightweight cottons. (Also, you tend to see lawn in prints more often than batiste, which is usually a pale solid color.)

...And then there's "voile," at which point I get completely confused. LOL

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Date: 1/22/13 8:07 PM

Stirwatersblue, thank you for your response about cotton lawn. It make sense to me because I know how batiste milled in Europe looks and feels...Well, I saw fabrics called "batiste" in JoAnns....it is not batiste...
About cotton voile: I think it is thinner and softer then batiste....and more transparent.

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Date: 1/23/13 4:02 PM

I read somewhere that lawn, voile, and batiste, are all woven in the same way, and that the difference is how the fabric is treated post-weave...I am going to try to find a link...
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Date: 1/23/13 4:05 PM

There was a discussion a few years ago here...

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Date: 1/23/13 8:57 PM

It really a shame how the chain discount stores label fabrics. The name really doesn't explain the fiber content or process or hand or drape anymore. It has made things so complicated and i often get frustrated. Thankfully there is PR.

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