Definition of batik in US English:



  • 1A method (originally used in Java) of producing colored designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed.

    ‘a visual artist specializing in batik’
    as modifier ‘batik scarves’
    • ‘He works in batik a popular method of dyeing fabric using removable wax.’
    • ‘What is it with the batik scarves, purple scarves and ethnic accessories?’
    • ‘Examples might include batik, tie dye, stamping, embroidering, applique and more.’
    • ‘So today, kurtas come with a whole new range of prints, art, batik work and even embroidery with stone and even wooden buttons.’
    • ‘It didn't take her long to appreciate the great depth and range of batik designs that vary from district to district.’
    • ‘Enjoy a Russian folk-art exhibition featuring a wide range of exhibits including Russian dolls, batik and Christmas decorations.’
    • ‘Together with their three children, Runi and Adrian have developed a new company which specializes in textiles, batik and jewelry items made of wood, bronze, porcelain and leather.’
    • ‘I offer one of them my hat, a ridiculous khaki slouch affair with batik underlay beneath the brim - an Australian design, naturally - that I bought in Turkey years ago.’
    • ‘He is one of the new generation of pioneers in batik design, which he makes on textured woven fabric with the play of soft color gradation.’
    • ‘Outside of northern peninsular Malaysia, batik designs are usually produced in factories.’
    • ‘Both Indonesian American men and women wear sarongs, traditional Indonesian garments with batik designs.’
    • ‘Imported textiles are often used as a base, and artistic batik works are produced for the tourist market.’
    • ‘With inspirations from Morocco and India, designers love to have all the embellished details, psychedelic colours, rainbow prints and antique batik patterns in their new collections.’
    • ‘They use brightly colored cotton prints with splashy, large designs; some also wear tie-dyed, wood-block, or batik prints.’
    • ‘Certain batik designs, like the parangrusak motif, are still considered sacred as they were specially designed for sultans, their consorts and crown princes.’
    • ‘It is said that there are over 3,000 batik designs that include Indian, Chinese and Buddhist patterns including indigenous motifs of local fruits and flowers.’
    • ‘Each will be facilitated by a skilled expert, teaching basic techniques in pottery, paper, batik, basket making and stained glass.’
    • ‘The event also features batik fashion shows and an exhibition of handicrafts from Yogyakarta.’
    • ‘Known as a master of batik and other indigenous textiles, Obin has worked with traditional cloth since 1975.’
    • ‘The twins sheltered from the storms by learning the gentler art of batik painting, colouring in the exotic fish between their wax outlines.’
    1. 1.1 Cloth that has been dyed using the batik method.
      ‘fine art batiks’
      • ‘While Astuti made his name with batiks, oil painting has always been his passion and that is what he concentrates on today.’
      • ‘The walls had classic Bordeaux wallpaper, the table cloths looked like Indonesian batik.’
      • ‘‘I really felt satisfied with the batik that I'd made, even if it was bad,’ she said modestly.’
      • ‘No wonder her Tokyo home brims with wooden furniture, decorative crafts, batik and other textiles from the isle, which she also gifts friends with.’
      • ‘This film has compelling intersecting historical references via the dress of the 18th century and the African batiks (cloth designs) of today.’
      • ‘The true character of the batiks she sells is particularly difficult to represent with a small sample because the dye colors typically vary across the fabric width.’
      • ‘I have always liked doing both fabric and paper batiks.’
      • ‘Like her own batiks, Madden's home is a shrine to bright, intense colours - most notably a set of rich yellow reception rooms - and is the perfect location for her new salt cellar.’
      • ‘To produce 1,600 scores of batik, the company needs about 500,000 yards of plain cloth, worth Rp 5,000 to Rp 8,000 per yard, per month.’
      • ‘Lye produced a number of large canvases, sometimes reworking his smaller pictures or batiks from the past.’
      • ‘Carvings, batiks, basketry, jewelry, ceramics, and other indigenous crafts are made largely for sale to tourists.’
      • ‘Apart from attire, Sofia also makes household linen from print batik, including table clothes, bedsheets and curtains.’
      • ‘These colorful batiks are individually handpainted for a unique piece of wearable art.’
      • ‘One word of caution - batiks are not colour fast.’
      • ‘Tabletops lined with batiks harbour the requisite supply of plastic chopsticks, soya and fish sauces, and that ever-so-spicy thick red stuff.’
      • ‘Beaded cloth from India, Indonesian batiks, and Hawaiian tapa are perfect for pillows or throws.’
      • ‘She contributed a dining-room table and an entertainment center she built, as well as photos from her stint as a teacher in Namibia and batiks gathered on side trips to Zimbabwe.’
      • ‘The women also wear batiks, some even two different motifs, leaving each individual picture looking like an abstract work consisting of semi-geometrical shapes with contrasting patterns.’
      • ‘I was reminded of this as I stood ironing 40 batiks today.’
      • ‘Choose bright, solid colors or exotic prints, like Hawaiian botanicals or Javanese batiks.’


Late 19th century: from Javanese, literally ‘painted’.