The clothing of bodies was imbued with specific cultural meaning, with properly attired bodies reflecting order and control and unadorned bodies and feet serving as visible signs of disorder and dangerous nonconformity, with the individual risking association to barbarian outsiders 7. The friar made the following note on the practice:. Some restrictions may apply to use of individual images which are separately licensed. Exposing bare, bound feet was unheard of in Chinese society; women were only to be seen wearing traditional "lotus shoes," seen to the right. As time passes, the girls themselves tighten their bandages on their own. But Bossen's research suggests that the custom has been massively misunderstood. Adam Bede has been added to your Reading List!
Bound to be beautiful: The bizarre practice of foot-binding was once a symbol of beauty in China
Bossen contends that foot-binding would have been a hush-hush affair if it was an erotically charged kink. Process of binding foot. Help us write more We're a small non-profit organisation run by a handful of volunteers. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. A woman with bound feet could not walk normally and had to be supported while walking and even while standing.
Foot Binding in Ancient China - Ancient China for Kids
Then the feet were massaged and oiled before all the toes, except the big toes, were broken and bound flat against the sole, making a triangle shape. The process began by choosing an auspicious day in the calendar. At the Smithsonian Visit. Over 6, years ago this culture began to develop in the Yellow Meanwhile, for the next 1, years, Chinese women directed their energies and talents toward achieving a three-inch version of physical perfection. The first anti-footbinding committee was formed in Shanghai by a British priest in Farrell travelled to the village where she met and interviewed Zhang Yong Ying who, after discussions with her son and daughter-in-law, agreed to show her feet.
Beginning in , government inspectors could levy fines on those who continued to bind their feet. From Status Symbol to Subjugation. Even as an adult a woman continued to wrap her deformed feet in bindings, wearing them at all times in public and when bathing. The poor girls needed normal feet in order to work. January pages. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. The main differences were that foot binding and wearing corsetswere forced while wearing high heels was voluntary.