Chinese Foot Binding

Chinese foot binding is a now ancient tradition of wrapping the feet of young girls.
This tradition died out, thankfully, about 100 years ago.

Young girls would have their feet wrapped extremely tight in order to prevent them from growing.
Tiny narrow feet were considered a sign of beauty and grace.

The process of binding the feet was extreme and very painful.

Girls were between the ages of 2 and 5 when the binding began.
Each foot would be soaked in a mix of herbs and animal blood.
The toes were pushed under until each one broke.
The broken toes were then held under while the foot was broken at the arch.
Then the binding began.
Cloth bandages were pulled tightly around the foot to hold it in place.
The bandages were sewn on so the girl couldn't remove them. 

The girl was not allowed to rest after her feet had been bound, she was required to walk around on her broken and bound feet.

Eventually people began to rise up against the custom of foot binding.
Now, the tradition is history....yay!
Learn more and see more photos here.


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