Batik is an Indonesian word, and refers to a generic wax-resist dyeing technique used on textiles. The technique is known to be more than one thousand years old, possibly originating in ancient Egypt or Sumeria regions. To make traditional batik, designs are hand-drawn with hot wax on prepared fabric, using special tools called cantin. Designs follow standardized patterns, some of which have been preserved for centuries. The wax is used to cover the areas which are to be protected from the dye. The cloth is then dyed, and additional areas are covered with wax before it is immersed in a second color of dye. This process is repeated until all of the colors have been added.