This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Batiste. A variety of cotton muslin, having a good deal of dress, closely resembling lawn, the only difference being that batiste is slightly heavier, though in both materials the pattern is printed on in the same manner; used chiefly for summer dresses, lining and trimmings. Batiste is also the French name for cambric, a fine linen muslin made in France and used for dresses, linings and trimmings. The fabric derives its name from M. Baptiste a linen weaver of Cambray, Flanders, who invented it in the 13th century.