These tiny shoes are called 'lotus shoes'. They were worn by wealthy Chinese women. Each shoe measuring only three inches long, they are made of silk and beautifully embroidered.
In ancient China, young girls between the ages of three and six would have their feet broken, bent in half and tightly bound to restrict and alter their growth. The perfectly bound foot was only three inches long. *faint*
So the poor girl’s feet actually shrank to the point that they could fit into shoes that were only three inches long!! Gosh!
Their parents would threatened them by saying "no man will marry you if you don't bind your feet".
Foot-binding Culture Museum
Jhongjheng District, Taipei City 10049, Taiwan
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