The original meaning of Batik refers to the technique of manually staining patterns on cloth by wax-resist dyeing. Due to the advances in the textile industry, Batik now refers to fabrics which incorporate traditional batik patterns even if they are not produced using the wax-resist dyeing techniques.

UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on October 2, 2009.

Batik or fabrics with the traditional batik patterns are also found in several countries such as Malaysia, Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, and Singapore. Malaysian batik often displays plants and flowers in basic patterns.

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