The tradition, once revered, now banned, will be lost with these women. Photographer Jo Farrell is documenting their lives, and their feet. Warning: Graphic images.
Wikimedia Commons An X-ray of bound feet. Cultures around the world have always had different standards of beauty. Japanese women used to blacken their teeth after marriage.
In the latest round of filming there was an incident that haunts me. It took place during a segment on the social changes that affected Chinese women in the late 13th century. These changes can be illustrated by the practice of female foot-binding.
We do a lot of things with our feet. We squeeze them into heels, we buff them and decorate them with polish, and we burden them with our weight as we make our way through life. Feet are pretty polarizing.
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Foot binding was the custom of applying tight binding to the feet of young girls to modify the shape and size of their feet. The practice possibly originated among upper class court dancers during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in 10th century China, then gradually became popular among the elite during the Song dynasty. Foot binding eventually spread to most social classes by the Qing dynasty and the practice finally came to an end in the early 20th century.
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Foot-binding was a practice first carried out on young girls in Tang Dynasty China to restrict their normal growth and make their feet as small as possible. Considered an attractive quality, the effects of the process were painful and permanent. Widely used as a method to distinguish girls of the upper class from everyone else, and later as a way for the lower classes to improve their social prospects, the practice of foot-binding would continue right up to the early 20th century CE. Chinese girls had their feet bound typically from the age of five to eight.
By Tracy You For Mailonline. It used to be something millions of women dreamt to have: a pair of tiny feet no longer than four inches. Girls as young as five would have layer after layer of bandage wrapped over their toes every single day for a decade to get the desirable 'lotus feet'.