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.

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There were batik prints and giant pompom embellishments. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Is What Street Style Looks Like in the Heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico," 19 July 2018 The show represents a wide array of styles, including painting, photography, batik, and Japanese wood block printing. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 26 June 2018 Naper Settlement was the perfect historic backdrop for artists to show off their wares, including ceramics, paintings and photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, wood and batik pieces. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville club rolls out the red carpet for annual Fine Art Fair," 23 June 2018 In other countries, the status has been awarded to Kabuki theater in Japan, the manufacture of batik cloth in Indonesia and the pre-Inca tradition in Peru of specialized judges who determine water rights. Claire Mufson, New York Times, "Paris Bistros Became Symbols of Resilience. But Are They Unesco Worthy?," 16 June 2018

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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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