ba·tik (bə-tēk, bătĭk)
a. A method of dyeing a fabric by which the parts of the fabric not intended to be dyed are covered with removable wax.
b. A design that is created by this method.
2. Fabric dyed by this method.
tr.v. ba·tiked, ba·tik·ing, ba·tiks
To dye (fabric) using this method: batiked a T-shirt.
[Malay batek, of Javanese origin, from Proto-Austronesian *beCík, tattoo (from the fact that the original process of piercing the waxed cloth prior to soaking was similar to tattooing).]
(click for a larger image)batik
detail of a batiked textile
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