Definition of batik in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbatɪk
, bəˈtiːk


[mass noun]
  • 1A method (originally used in Java) of producing coloured designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed: a visual artist specializing in batik [as modifier]: batik scarves
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    • Together with their three children, Runi and Adrian have developed a new company which specializes in textiles, batik and jewelry items made of wood, bronze, porcelain and leather.
    • He is one of the new generation of pioneers in batik design, which he makes on textured woven fabric with the play of soft color gradation.
    • It is said that there are over 3,000 batik designs that include Indian, Chinese and Buddhist patterns including indigenous motifs of local fruits and flowers.
  • 1.1Cloth that has been dyed using the batik method: fine art batiks
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    • This film has compelling intersecting historical references via the dress of the 18th century and the African batiks (cloth designs) of today.
    • Beaded cloth from India, Indonesian batiks, and Hawaiian tapa are perfect for pillows or throws.
    • I have always liked doing both fabric and paper batiks.


late 19th century: from Javanese, literally 'painted'.

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