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[bəˈtēk, ˈbadik]

Refers to a type of fabric that has been dyed using the batik method. This method, which originated in Java, produces colored designs on the cloth by dyeing the textiles after first applying wax to the parts to be left undyed. The process yields richly textured designs.  Many quilters prefer the cloth because it tends to not stretch as much during construction. The cloth can feel a bit stiff when new, but gets softer with time.