Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to a cloth. The word “batik” derives from javanese words “amba” (means to write), and “tik” (means dot/ period). Some also said that it comes from the word “titik” (dot) with a prefix “mba” (in Javanese, prefix mba changes a noun to a verb) so it can also be translated as “a dot-making activity”. Why dot? Because every lines and patterns in Batik that use canting to made always started from a single dot.
A traditional batik cloth was made from natural resourcs. The wax was a mixture from beeswax and extracts from plant roots. The basic plain cloth used for batik is called mori cloth, made 100% from a natural cotton because synthetic fibers can’t absorb the wax.