The block printing traces its origins to 700 A.D. China. The Chinese introduced innovative solutions for printing using carved seals. It promoted the popularity of block printing methods. Here a single design was used on a block and then used either on fabric or paper.
Using woodblocks for printing were used to print religious literature on a mass scale. The famous book published using this technique was Diamond Sutra that originated in the Tang Dynasty. It had images and text about Buddha and helped to serve as religious literature to promote the religion in the region.