Batik (Javanese pronunciation: [ˈbateʔ]; Indonesian: [ˈbatɪk]) is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap.
The word "kawung" (ka-woong) was popularly adapted from the fruit of Indonesian "Aren" tree. Which has squares/stars kind of shapes when its cracked open from its shell. Kawung fruit, is a fruit that has a very hard shell that protects its seeds. Which was adapted philosophically by Javanese culture, who believes that one must keep its "fruits" or another word, your intention, desire, etc; pure and clean, without having to show it for others to see.
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