Bound foot shoes

To wear these tiny shoes, a woman changed the shape of her feet by the process of foot binding, a centuries-old practice among women in China. The desired result of foot binding was “delicate” feet, which connoted beauty, modesty and status, and were referred to as “golden lotus” feet, or jin lian.


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  • Bound Foot Shoe

    Bound Foot Shoe

    Asia: East Asia, China

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  • Bound Foot Shoe

    Bound Foot Shoe

    Asia: East Asia, China

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  • Bound Foot Shoe

    Bound Foot Shoe

    Asia: East Asia, China, Northeast China, Shandong, Wangxian

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Why do the soles of these shoes look clean and unworn?

responded: Apr 4, 2012

Posted by Alex H-R

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This doesn't have anything to do with the question, but for a material culture class I decided to try to replicate the couching (a type of stitch) on the red silk part of the shoe. I used a slightly thicker wire and based by image off of the lotus blossoms on the green, blue, and black ribbon.

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