Dabu or 'Mud Resist Printing' is an ancient Rajasthani printing technique. It dates back to 675 AD and is believed to have originated in China. It then travelled to Rajasthan where it flourished in the hands of large number of artisans. The patterns used are quite traditional, inspired by motifs picked from nature. Dabu is used to make sarees, kurtas and salwar suits. Cotton is usually preferred fabric but silk, georgette and crepe are also used.