Without doubt, the subject matter here is a Beatles artifact, this shirt was being worn by George Harrison while staying in Rishikesh India, studying Transcendental Meditation at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, it is widely accepted that of the four Beatles & their entourage, George was by far the most serious student.
Prior to this much publicized trip in 1968 George had spent six weeks in India in 1966 studying the Sitar under the tutorship of the late great Ravi Shankar, the influence of this immersion in Eastern culture & musicianship became self evident only one year later with the release of the groundbreaking album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on which George’s Sitar based composition “Within You Without You” opens side two of the recording.
During the Beatles extended stay ’68 John Lennon & Paul McCartney were busy developing ideas for songs that would ultimately form the majority of the material for The White Album.
There are many images of George wearing this shirt, interestingly in the image of George taking a lesson from Sitar master Ravi Shankar, Ravi is wearing exactly the same shirt, same color, same embroidery.
The image of George with the majestic Taj Mahal as a backdrop could possibly be the first Beatle selfie, it was taken in 1966.
Finally there is another George selfie taken at the Ashram, Rishikesh, India.
The shirt today is hanging in my wardrobe. Its journey from George to me is a story in itself and I will shortly be hand delivering the shirt to mainland Europe where it will be a featured item in a superb private collection. The shirt is in excellent original condition, a little frayed at the bottom but then again, it is 50 years old now.