Under the bright desert sun of northwest India, small things sometimes cast long shadows. Take the town of Bagru, for example: Just a short drive from Jaipur, this Rajasthani village has developed a decidedly large influence on the art of Indian block printing.

Traditional Bagru prints use dark (or colored) patterns on cream or dyed backgrounds. Generally, a printer first stamps the background block (called a gudh), followed by an outline block (the rekh). The datta are the filler blocks which complete the design. It is majorly done in three colors Red, Yellow and black.The natural environment is, in the end, what makes Bagru block printing so identifiable. The weather. The water. The wind and the dust. The wood in the blocks and the plants in the dyes.