A large proportion of Chinese women in the late nineteenth century had their feet bound small while they were children. The woman seen in this late nineteenth century photograph was an entertainer, a sing-song girl, but footbinding was also practiced by the families of scholars and merchants.
Chinese Foot Binding – The Wūzhèn Foot-Binding Museum: Why did the practice start? What was the foot-binding process? Who tried to stop it? Is anything like it happening today?
Because I wear size 9.5 or 10 shoes (41 Asian), my grandmother always told me I have a good foundation. Although I don’t consider my feet a great feature, they serve me well. Thus just the i…
Women with Bound Feet in China - Reshaping the Body: Clothing & Cultural Practice
Cessation of Bound Feet during the Communist Era Excerpts from When I was a girl in China, stories collected by Joseph Rupp Li Xiu-ying I started binding when I was fourteen, a typical age to begin. I had to let … Continue reading →
X-Ray of Bound Feet - Reshaping the Body: Clothing & Cultural Practice
Long-term Effects of Foot Binding This x-ray shows the long-term effects of years of foot binding. The toes have been wrapped under the foot, the bones in the lower foot were broken, and the lower foot was wrapped as … Continue reading →
Modern Stiletto Shoes - Reshaping the Body: Clothing & Cultural Practice
High-heeled Shoes and Pointed Toes Throughout the 20th century, high-fashion shoes for women have gone through cycles of pointed toes and rounded toes, high stiletto heels and lower, broader heels. In the 1920s, 1950s-1960s, and 1990s-present, the toes were sharply … Continue reading →