Style Glossary



Batik is a hand dying technique in which parts of a fabric are initially covered with wax. The fabric is then immersed in dye, and only the unwaxed areas of the fabric absorb the color. This process can continue on the same piece of fabric to achieve a variety of brilliant colors and ornate designs. The traditional process of batik dying originated in Indonesia.

Considered a national art in Indonesia, batik is a wax-resist dying method that involves spreading wax on a fabric and then dip dying it.