One aspect of life on the YFZ Ranch that has fascinated the outside world is the dresses the women wear, which the mainstream media call prairie dresses. "We believe our bodies our sacred from [our neck to our feet]," one girl says. "So we cover them." 

Though the dresses may all look alike to people outside the ranch, the girls say each has its own unique traits. "To you they probably [look the same], but to us, we say, 'Where'd you get your dress?'"

The girls or their mothers sew their own dresses, which take about three days to make. The girls say they take the dresses off only at night, when they change into a nightgown to sleep. They say they even swim in them! "You get used to it," one girl says. "Pretty soon you learn how to work around it."


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