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.

    • ‘So today, kurtas come with a whole new range of prints, art, batik work and even embroidery with stone and even wooden buttons.’
    • ‘He works in batik a popular method of dyeing fabric using removable wax.’
    • ‘The event also features batik fashion shows and an exhibition of handicrafts from Yogyakarta.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Certain batik designs, like the parangrusak motif, are still considered sacred as they were specially designed for sultans, their consorts and crown princes.’
    • ‘Imported textiles are often used as a base, and artistic batik works are produced for the tourist market.’
    • ‘Outside of northern peninsular Malaysia, batik designs are usually produced in factories.’
    • ‘Known as a master of batik and other indigenous textiles, Obin has worked with traditional cloth since 1975.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each will be facilitated by a skilled expert, teaching basic techniques in pottery, paper, batik, basket making and stained glass.’
    • ‘Both Indonesian American men and women wear sarongs, traditional Indonesian garments with batik designs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They use brightly colored cotton prints with splashy, large designs; some also wear tie-dyed, wood-block, or batik prints.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What is it with the batik scarves, purple scarves and ethnic accessories?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The twins sheltered from the storms by learning the gentler art of batik painting, colouring in the exotic fish between their wax outlines.’
    • ‘Examples might include batik, tie dye, stamping, embroidering, applique and more.’
    1. 1.1 Cloth that has been dyed using the batik method.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tabletops lined with batiks harbour the requisite supply of plastic chopsticks, soya and fish sauces, and that ever-so-spicy thick red stuff.’
      • ‘I have always liked doing both fabric and paper batiks.’
      • ‘Beaded cloth from India, Indonesian batiks, and Hawaiian tapa are perfect for pillows or throws.’
      • ‘One word of caution - batiks are not colour fast.’
      • ‘The walls had classic Bordeaux wallpaper, the table cloths looked like Indonesian batik.’
      • ‘I was reminded of this as I stood ironing 40 batiks today.’
      • ‘This film has compelling intersecting historical references via the dress of the 18th century and the African batiks (cloth designs) of today.’
      • ‘Choose bright, solid colors or exotic prints, like Hawaiian botanicals or Javanese batiks.’
      • ‘While Astuti made his name with batiks, oil painting has always been his passion and that is what he concentrates on today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘I really felt satisfied with the batik that I'd made, even if it was bad,’ she said modestly.’
      • ‘Lye produced a number of large canvases, sometimes reworking his smaller pictures or batiks from the past.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No wonder her Tokyo home brims with wooden furniture, decorative crafts, batik and other textiles from the isle, which she also gifts friends with.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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