China’s Shockingly Painful Foot Binding Tradition And Its Last Survivors.
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Imagine fitting a 3-inch-long (7.62 cm) shoe. For 88-yeard-old Zhang Yun it’s nothing special as she is one of the last remnants of China’s infamous food binding tradition. Her toes were broken when she was just a little girl and then constantly bound to make them smaller.
Photographer Jo Farrell met Zhang Yun back in 2010. Ever since, she’s been working on her ongoing project “Living History” which captures the lives of last foot-binding survivors. As the women are slowly passing away, Farrell felt imperative to focus on documenting their lives before it’s too late.
Foot binding tradition in China was introduced by the Song Dynasty back in 10th century.
Tiny feet were considered to be the symbol of beauty and social status.
The ideal foot size was set to be no bigger than 3 to 4 inches.
Young women would choose to crush their feet hoping to marry into money.
Bound feet were also referred to as “lotus feet”.
Because the feet were concealed from men’s eyes, it even instigated an erotic approach.
The practice of such mutilating tradition was banned in 1912 by Chinese government.
The witnesses of history’s cruelty.
Talk about beauty standards, right? (via Huffington Post)