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Cambric Fabric Properties and Uses

What is Cambric Fabric? Properties, Application, and Uses

Cambric Fabric or batiste fabric is fine dense cloth.  Cambric is lightweight, closely woven, plain cotton cloth first made in Cambrai, France; and originally a fine linen fabric.

Printed cambric was used in London by 1595 for bands, cuffs, and ruffs. Modern cambric is made from a choice of American or Egyptian cotton.

Features / Properties of Cambric Fabric

Despite its name, Cambric is woven, lightweight, and made of 100% cotton.

Contrary to other textiles, cambric is woven in a unique manner. Short, twisted linen or cotton fibers are often used in the weaving process.

It is common for these fibers to be unbleached or undyed.

The size of the warp and weft threads in this fabric ranges from 60 to 80 (count).

When it comes to needlework and lacework, Cambric is a fantastic fabric (because it is highly dense). It is referred to as “batiste” when used in such a manner.


Texture It is weaved in different from other fabrics because it involves twisted, short linen and cotton fibers.
Shine The fabric has a slight sheen.
Sheer The fabric is opaque in nature.

Application and Uses

Clothing Shirt, gown, etc.
Accessories Napkins, innerwear, handkerchief, etc
Home-furnishing Cushion cover, curtains, bedsheets, etc.

Care Instructions

  • Set the washing machine at sixty degrees when washing Cambric fabric.
  • Medium-temperature iron while ironing the fabric to remove creases.

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