Adjective "batik" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A method (originally used in Java) of producing coloured designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed.
  1. as modifier 'batik scarves'
  2. '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.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'Enjoy a Russian folk-art exhibition featuring a wide range of exhibits including Russian dolls, batik and Christmas decorations.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'The event also features batik fashion shows and an exhibition of handicrafts from Yogyakarta.'
  7. 'Known as a master of batik and other indigenous textiles, Obin has worked with traditional cloth since 1975.'
  8. 'Outside of northern peninsular Malaysia, batik designs are usually produced in factories.'
  9. 'What is it with the batik scarves, purple scarves and ethnic accessories?'
  10. 'He works in batik a popular method of dyeing fabric using removable wax.'
  11. 'Examples might include batik, tie dye, stamping, embroidering, applique and more.'
  12. '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.'
  13. 'Apart from attire, Sofia also makes household linen from print batik, including table clothes, bedsheets and curtains.'
  14. '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.'
  15. 'The walls had classic Bordeaux wallpaper, the table cloths looked like Indonesian batik.'
  16. 'Carvings, batiks, basketry, jewelry, ceramics, and other indigenous crafts are made largely for sale to tourists.'
  17. 'I have always liked doing both fabric and paper batiks.'
  18. '‘I really felt satisfied with the batik that I'd made, even if it was bad,’ she said modestly.'
  19. 'Beaded cloth from India, Indonesian batiks, and Hawaiian tapa are perfect for pillows or throws.'
  20. '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.'
  21. '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.'

More definitions

1. 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.

2. the fabric so decorated. verb (used with object)

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

More examples(as adjective)

"shirts can be batik."


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