ba·​tik | \ bə-ˈtēk How to pronounce batik (audio) , ˈba-tik How to pronounce batik (audio) \

Definition of batik

1a : a fabric printed by an Indonesian method of hand-printing textiles by coating with wax the parts not to be dyed also : the method itself
b : a design executed in batik
2a : a method of decorating an egg or other object by coating parts of the object's surface with wax to resist dye … a Russian method of egg decorating known as batik.— Susan Antigone Ukrainian batik eggs It's a 2,000-year-old art that involves painting symbolic designs on eggs in batik style.— Leo Smith
b : a design so executed For a batik effect, hard-boil the eggs and while they are still warm criss-cross thick elastic bands around each one.— Jane Phillimore et al.

Examples of batik in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jean’s favorite piece in the collection is a strapless dress made of five ruffles, rendered in a purple, red, yellow, and blue batik. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 21 Apr. 2022 For three months, at the entrance to the gallery, a statue of its founder Joshua Reynolds greeted visitors, draped for the occasion in a colorful sash of African batik fabric. Evan John, CNN, 25 Jan. 2022 Everyone is wearing their Sunday batik best, intricate wax-dyed cloth that is the national garb. Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Yet, one of the best parts is Studio 189 adding its cultural touch by designing a reversible lens cloth produced in Ghana using a traditional dyeing technique called hand batik. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 8 Dec. 2021 The recycled material in the new collection, sourced from the Kantamanto Market, is a reimagining of this waste, using batik to stylize the garments. Paula Rogo, Vogue, 3 Dec. 2021 For Lorenz Saputra, batik should be enjoyed beyond formal occasions. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 11 Nov. 2021 Fabrics also ranged from Nigerian handwoven fabrics like Aso-Oke, Hand and tye-dye batik. Essence, 7 Nov. 2021 Look for gorgeous batik fabrics, antique lighting and a beautiful spa. Laura Begley Bloom, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of batik

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for batik

Javanese baṭik

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