Batik is a fabric dying method using wax to create patterns and designs.
This method makes use of a resist technique; applying areas of cloth with wax (a dye-resistant substance) to prevent them from absorbing colors when the cloth is dipped into dye.
Not only as a dye-resistant substance, the wax applied is also used to control colors from spreading out from a particular area to create motif when the dye is painted.
A method thought to be over a thousand years old, today, batik has taken on a much wider meaning. It can be referred to:
The use of batik has also extended from clothing to everything from home furnishings and table cloths to handicrafts.
In Malaysia, batik has become a national identity and flourish in the arena of fashion where batik attire is worn for both formal and informal occasions.