[buh-teek, bat-ik]
a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using wax as a dye repellent to cover parts of a design, dyeing the uncovered fabric with a color or colors, and dissolving the wax in boiling water.
the fabric so decorated.
verb (used with object)
to hand-dye (material) using the technique of batik.
Also, battik.

1875–80; < Javanese baṭik Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
batik or battik (ˈbætɪk)
a.  a process of printing fabric in which parts not to be dyed are covered by wax
 b.  fabric printed in this way
 c.  (as modifier): a batik shirt
[C19: via Malay from Javanese: painted]
battik or battik
[C19: via Malay from Javanese: painted]

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Word Origin & History

1880, from Du., from Malay mbatik, said to be from amba "to write" + titik "dot, point."
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Example sentences
His films used batik, collage and optical printing to create a tumult of shapes and images that integrates chaos with control.
Communities visited specialize in a number of textile arts, including silk felt manufacture and batik dyeing.
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