The Shul U Tam Na (in Full Dress--with All Beads On) of the Camp Fire Girls

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Camp Fire Outfitting Company, 1915 - 43 pages

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Page 6 - It is not intended that the use of symbols and symbolic decorations shall be confined to the ceremonial dress. On the contrary, the girls are encouraged to individualize all their possessions, including their apparel in this way. The use of soft-toned stencils combined with embroidery in the manner shown here is applicable to veils, collars, waists and frocks and also to the decoration of one's room.
Page 5 - It binds girls of all parts of the country together during the most impressionable years. It points toward the most complete team play. When Guardians let their hair down and put on this simple gown they become one with their girls. It symbolizes oneness. The girls feel it.
Page 6 - This is the first large organization of women that has adopted a ceremonial uniform. Many organizations of men have uniforms. The cap and gown worn by college graduates comes the nearest to it, but this is worn by both men and women.
Page 6 - Fire gown was naturally one of simple lines and soft color, planned after the simple buckskin gown of the Indian maiden, which has been reproduced in khaki with leather fringes and decorated with bright-colored honor beads. The gown is seen at its best in the woods, where its harmony with the greens of nature makes the girl as much a part of the landscape as any squirrel or thrush.
Page 7 - Most girls begin by decorating the gown with their own symbols, which may be embroidered, stencilled wood-blocked, or worked in bead decorations. A girl who is fond of canoeing, for instance, may have for her symbol a girl in a canoe, which, repeated, would form an effective border above the fringe...
Page 7 - ... wherever seen, and lends an unfailing charm to the girl who wears it. With her ceremonial gown each girl wears her hair either hanging or in braids over her shoulders, bound with a bead-band in Indian fashion. All differences in taste and fashion are obliterated, and as the girls gather in a circle about the fire at twilight, a picture is formed that has distinctive character and much beauty.

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