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 Buyers had one week to pre-order items, such as traditional snacks, batik clothes, or coffee. Edna Tarigan, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pandemic sends Sunday art and food market in Indonesia online," 11 Dec. 2020 For his seventh solo show at New York’s James Cohan gallery, British Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE will unveil a selection of new sculptures made with his signature Dutch batik-print fabrics. Ariana Marsh, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Culture Lover’s December Guide," 2 Dec. 2020 Like batik—and even classic American tie dye—ikat is a resist-dyeing technique: Yarns are bundled and bound with string then dyed to create patterns. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, "All About Ikat, the Gorgeous Indonesian Dyeing Technique," 2 Nov. 2020 In the 20th century, the Javanese also developed a wood-block printing technique for batik. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, "What Is Batik?," 7 Oct. 2020 Erik Schaix, a designer, sells couture models in charcoal-grey denim and batik print at his Paris boutique. The Economist, "Paris masked Covid masks give the French a new way to be chic," 30 May 2020 Heavy duty cotton/batik: can block particles almost as effectively as a surgical mask. Kate Morgan, Popular Mechanics, "A Rational Guide to Quarantining," 17 Apr. 2020 Aesthetic finishes like graphics and batik are not so useful. Karen L. Labat, The Conversation, "Making masks at home – what you need to know about how to reduce the transmission of coronavirus," 16 Apr. 2020 The patterns of the Pardon My French x Mizuno tracksuit pays homage to colorful African batiks. Gabrielle Pharms, Billboard, "Strike a Pose: 10 DJs Who Are Also Fashion Designers," 10 Dec. 2019

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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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“Batik.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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