Batik is a cloth that traditionally uses a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. Batik or fabrics with the traditional batik patterns are generally from Middle & Far-Eastern Countries and areas of North Africa. Countries that are recognised as being creators of particularly notable batik fabrics are Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and Singapore. Every country and indeed region therein that creates batik fabrics has a unique and distinct batik design style, from simple tie-dyed batik design to the more ornate batik design such as Indonesia's famed Bali batik.

Batik is an ancient art form. Dating from as far back as 4th century BC Egypt, where it was apparently used to wrap mummies; linen was soaked in wax, and scratched using a sharp tool. In Asia, the technique was practised in China during the T'ang dynasty (618-907 CE) and in India & Japan during the Nara period (645-794 CE). In Africa it was considered to be originally practised by the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria.