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Shah Rukh Khan’s iconic paisley shirt in ‘Pathaan’ revives Kashmiri artistry

Shah Rukh Khan, the King Khan of Bollywood, is known for his charm and charisma, both on and off the screen. His timeless and effortless fashion sense is also something that makes him stand out from the crowd. The actor is now being admired for his stylish printed shirts flaunted in his recent appearances. His latest music video, ‘Chaleya,’ from the upcoming movie ‘Jawan,’ showcases his stunning printed shirt collection.

Also, in the movie ‘Pathaan,’ Shah Rukh wore quite a few gorgeously printed shirts that made his fans fall in love with him all over again. The movie was not only a big hit at the box office, but also a boon for the Kashmiri handicrafts and textile industry.

Shah Rukh Khan rocked an intricate green paisley printed shirt in the song ‘Besharam Rang,’ which sparked a frenzy among his fans who wanted to buy the shirt online. 

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This unique green paisley printed shirt is a creation of the renowned designer Ritu Kumar and is available on her website for ₹9,200.

The designer also revealed the inspiration behind this masterpiece. It is inspired by the verdant, fern-covered valleys of Kashmir. The paisley print design and the intricate handwork reflect the beauty of the Kashmiri traditional art form called ‘Kani,’ which is influenced by the region’s rich flora and fauna. This art form was originally used on shawls but has now evolved to adorn shirts, suits, and other garments.

This exquisite weaving technique originates from the Kanihama region of Jammu and Kashmir and is skillfully done by artisans using fine wooden needles. It is one of Kashmir’s oldest handicrafts and has been a part of the region’s culture since the Mughal era. It was heavily patronized by Emperor Akbar who was an ardent connoisseur of the famed Kani shawls. It also gained immense popularity with the Sikh Maharajas and British Aristocracy. 

However, after independence, the shawls, once all the rage, saw a decline in popularity from the mainstream. The efforts of conservationists and enthusiasts of textiles bore fruit in the years that followed, but none brought it to mainstream attention again as Shah Rukh Khan did with Pathaan.

The popularity of the green shirt and its cultural significance has given a new lease of life to this ancient handicraft, providing much-needed support to this dying art form.

Shah Rukh Khan effortlessly pulled off the green paisley printed shirt with a casual unbuttoned look, accessorized with golden chains, trendy sunglasses, and his hair tied in a man bun. 

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