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1. A craft in which one tie-dyes and weaves yarn to create an intricately designed fabric.
2. The fabric so created.

[Malay, tying, binding.]
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(Dyeing) a method of creating patterns in fabric by tie-dyeing the yarn before weaving
[C20: from Malay, literally: to tie, bind]
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