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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.
to hand-dye (material) using the technique of batik.
Historical Examples

May sat down on the couch among the batik pillows and made a place for him beside her.
Narcissus Evelyn Scott


a process of printing fabric in which parts not to be dyed are covered by wax
fabric printed in this way
(as modifier): a batik shirt


1880, from Dutch, from Malay mbatik, said to be from amba “to write” + titik “dot, point.”


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