Bound Foot Shoe

bound foot shoe

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Type: Clothing - Footwear
Object Name: Bound Foot Shoe
Place Made: Asia: East Asia, China
Period: Late 19th century
Date: 1875 - 1900
Dimensions: L 13 cm x H 9 cm
Materials: Silk; cotton
Techniques: Woven; brocaded; embroidered; hand-sewn
ID Number: T92.0175a-b
Credit: Gift of Ruth Lor Malloy and Michael Malloy

To wear these tiny shoes, a woman changed the shape of her feet by the process of foot binding, a centuries-old practice among women in China. The desired result of foot binding was “delicate” feet, which connoted beauty, modesty and status, and were referred to as “golden lotus” feet, or jin lian.