POLYGAMISTS OFFER PRAIRIE FASHIONS FOR SALE
Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 1:52 PM
By Don Teague, NBC News Correspondent
DALLAS – Just in time for back-to-school shopping: authentic polygamist prairie dresses.
Apparently, all the publicity surrounding the ongoing investigation into alleged underage marriage among members of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) on a Texas ranch has created some serious demand for prairie dresses.
So much so that the FLDS has launched an online store where members of the general public can purchase the dresses, long underwear, and other ranch-wear "as seen on TV."
The home page for the FLDS Dress Clothing Store
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the Web site FLDS Dress, was initially created to give Texas authorities a place to purchase the clothing, so children in state custody could maintain their traditional clothing.
The children have been reunited with their families, but the Web site now serves another purpose. The FLDS hopes to raise money through sale of the clothing to help support families from the Yearning For Zion ranch who now live in rental homes in cities like San Antonio and Austin. Some families have returned to the ranch, but many have not.
The Web site sells a wide array of clothing for children, from the "Teen Princess Dress" for $60.65 to the "Baby Dress With Bloomers" for $48.07. Both items, along with most others for girls, are available in a rainbow of pastels from pink to yellow or lavender. Items for boys include denim overalls for $65.93 and cotton-polyester shirts for $23.69.
The Web site said the clothes are made to meet the "FLDS standards for modesty and neatness." And all of the clothes are hand-made "with joy and care" by the FLDS women.
The legal troubles for parents from the YFZ ranch haven’t ended. A grand jury met last month in Eldorado, Texas, to consider possible criminal indictments in the case. It will meet again later this month.
In the meantime, FLDS women are sewing and selling their way to financial independence.
And who knows? It’s fashion week in Paris. We may soon hear rumblings from the catwalks that "pastel is the new black." After all of the strange twists and turns of the FLDS drama, it wouldn’t surprise me at all.
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