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THE cultural traditions and ethnicity of a country’s inhabitants as well as the climate and geographical features of a region largely determine what people wear. Each country is recognized by their national and traditional dress.
The sari is the main article of clothing worn by most women in India. It is a long piece of silk, cotton or synthetic cloth that is wrapped around the body. Saris tend to come in bright colours and are often embroided.
Italian people often wear classic fitting clothing, such as A-line dresses, button down shirts and pencil skirts and pantsuits for women. The traditional Scottish women’s dress is usually a long tartan skirt with an airside, which is a long tartan garment worn over a dress that can be wrapped around the shoulders and worn over the head.
For women in Papua New Guinea, the ‘meri blouse’ is commonly accepted as the national dress for women. It can be worn on its own or over a simple apron loincloth (laplap) or skirt.
The meri blouse was promoted by the missionaries who first arrived in PNG in the late 1870s and 1880s. Women then pretty much lived in villages or hamlets and were bare breasted and donned only grasskirts. The blouse was part of the lesson in modesty.
These days, the meri blouse comes in different trends and styles. It is a piece of attire that most Papua New Guinean women adore and re-create to suit their fashion taste.
It can be constructed into form-fitting outfits or can be left loose for the many more that don’t care too much about keeping in shape.
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