Why do I love batiks? There are a couple of big reasons.
Thread Count. Most quilter cottons and prints are made of high thread count fabrics. These 75 thread count fabrics need stiffness and limited stretch to accept the pattern being printed on the front surface and to keep it from being distorted, but batiks, often made of pima cotton of 200 thread count or more, take this number even higher with a denser, crisper fabric that's great for complete dye absorption. Batiks are never 'flimsy', barely shrink, and resist fraying. They also have a very luxurious drape and hand.
|Batik on left, quilting cotton on right. Can you see the thread count difference?|
|A batik (left) and a quilter cotton (right) of similar coloring. Front of fabrics shown.|
|A batik (left) and a quilter cotton (right) of similar coloring. Back of fabrics shown.|
|Cleopatra's Fan, all print fabric.|
|Cleopatra's Fan, all batik.|