batik

noun ba·tik \ bə-ˈtēk , ˈba-tik \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of batik

1 a : 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
2 a : 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.

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Origin and Etymology of batik

Javanese baṭik


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