Foot-binding (Guǒjiǎo 裹脚)

Robert Y. ENG

A pair of embroidered shoes designed for bound feet. PHOTO BY BERKSHIRE PUBLISHING.

Foot-binding was a custom in which girls’ feet were bound with tight bandages so that they would grow to only about 8 centimeters long. Originally conferring femininity and social status to upper-class women, the practice spread to lower-class women seeking opportunities for upward mobility.

The Chinese custom of foot-binding, which may have originated in the court of….

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By | 2014-12-16T16:54:11+00:00 January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Customs, Society and Social Welfare|Comments Off on Foot-binding (Guǒjiǎo 裹脚)

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