(Photo of a screen page from the website of the FLDS)
Getting enough negative publicity after Texas authorities seized some 400 children and taken into state custody due to alleged abuse from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the sect surprised the world with the launch of a new clothing line. Women have “turned their skills into commerce and launched an online shop.” The idea is great for sound business, but what is really the motive behind, building a fortune on clothing industry or rebuilding a lost image?
Women from Texas polygamous sect launch clothing line
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The raid by Texas authorities on a reclusive polygamous sect in April and their seizure of 400 children amid allegations of abuse has had an unexpected consequence — the launch of a new clothing line.
Women from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who were called upon to make clothes en masse for the children taken into state custody, have now turned their skills to commerce and launched an online shop.
The austere dresses with long-sleeves and high collars, loose-fitting pants, long-johns and modest blouses worn by members of the sect are reminiscent of 19th century American pioneers and highlighted the sect’s isolation.
But with the children returned to their legal guardians following a court ruling in May, the sect’s members are turning their hand to providing their distinctive clothes to the general public — and the demand appears strong.
“We don’t know what to expect on demand but we have a flood of interest,” Maggie Jessop, a member of the sect, told the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper.
At the website, www.fldsdress.com, the women propose clothing for children and teenagers that “meets the FLDS standards for modesty and neatness” and assert that “each piece is made with joy and care.”
Among the items for sale is a “Princess” dress with long sleeves and wide pleats available in eight different colors, while the site’s founders are hoping to soon add recipes and songs.
The investigation into allegations of “spiritual” marriages of underage girls to older menat the sect compound continues, although no arrests have been made.
Officials said girls were being “groomed” to accept sex with their middle-aged “spiritual husbands” as soon as they hit puberty and boys were being indoctrinated to perpetuate the cycle of abuse.