WELL I'LL BE FRANK. So-called meri blouses are an abomination. Shapeless body drapes introduced by sexually-frustrated missionaries and Colonial Colonel Blimps (who had probably never seen their wives breasts) to cover their guilt at seeing women's breasts so openly displayed.
"My God, Peregrine, it will frighten the horses! Charlotte - go and hide yourself immediately!"
That was the original spirit, I am sure.
But meri blouses were a marketing triumph. Promoted by the London Missionary Society and the Lutheran Mission (the Catholics were a bit more liberal), they became the fashion of PNG.
"It must be discreet, easy to make and be designed to hide the most obvious female appurtenances and extremities, and by all means cover the female lower appendages, known colloquially as legs. May God have mercy!" A quote from Sister Apologetica of the Seven Wounds.
Meri blouses are a disgrace, and have destroyed PNG's fashion industry for half a century.
I have eventually persuaded Rose that wearing them is treason to her country.