from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A method of dyeing a fabric by which the parts of the fabric not intended to be dyed are covered with removable wax.
  • noun A design that is created by this method.
  • noun Fabric dyed by this method.
  • transitive verb To dye (fabric) using this method.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A process employed by the natives of the Dutch East Indies in executing designs on a material, as a cotton fabric in one or more colors.
  • noun The fabric so decorated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A dyed fabric with designs drawn on by applying a removable wax where the dye is not wanted.
  • noun The method used to create a batik{1}; using wax to allow drawing or printing of designs on a fabric.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A wax-resist method of dyeing fabric.
  • verb To dye fabric using the wax-resist method.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a dyed fabric; a removable wax is used where the dye is not wanted
  • verb dye with wax


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Malay batek, of Javanese origin, from Proto-Austronesian *beCík, tattoo (from the fact that the original process of piercing the waxed cloth prior to soaking was similar to tattooing).


  • "I hope that I can stick to designing batik because, as a designer, my job actually promotes * batik*," he said.

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  • Since it requires days to produce due to the wax processes, and since errors made are uncorrectable and require that the cloth be washed and re-used, he considers his works in batik to be as or more important than his watercolors.

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  • The butterfly batik is from Lisa Jo and the three coordinating prints are from Becca along with blocks from the ladies, which are below - Lisa Jo's on the left and Becca's on the right.

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  • Here's a closeup - and here are the fabrics I ordered from eQuilter - the batik is due to be a border for my friend Caroline's sister's quilt (the diamond one) - luckily, it goes nicely, I think.

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  • Isadora's trademark textural collages, using oil paint and printed papers that recall batik, vividly convey the joys of diversity.

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  • Besides hand-drawn batik, there is also block-printed batik, which is done by means of a metal block made by welding together strips of metal.

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  • But there's a program now to promote the creative industries, including what the president calls "heritage industries," such as batik, and the arts.

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  • Some Indonesians have also maintained that Malaysia was falsely laying claim to being the originator of traditional "batik" fabric dying and "wayang" shadow puppetry. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Carmanita also championed the use of local fabrics such as batik and ikat.

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