What is the difference between percale, sateen and batiste?

Answer:

  • Percale is a “plain weave” cotton, which means it's woven with one thread over, one thread under. It has a thread count of at least 180. Percale can be finished to have a “crisp” feel or a “soft” feel. The weave allows air to pass through easier than sateen, so percale is more breathable.
  • Sateen is a smooth, lustrous cotton normally woven with four threads over, one under. The four yarns line-up on the surface, giving sateen its characteristic silky shine, drape, and feel.
  • Batiste is a “plain weave” cotton, which means it's woven with one thread over, one thread under. It's similar in construction to percale, but a finer yarn is used and the weight of the fabric is lighter. This light weight (from 2 to 3 oz. per sq. yard) is the outstanding feature of batiste, but very advanced finishing techniques are required for the fabric to feel soft.

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