Fascinating feet binding

This started as a custom in China in the 10th century and stopped in the early 20th century. Girls’ From 6 years of age or younger, girls' feet were bound inwards to inhibit regular growth. Bones, would later be crushed so the feet could be reshaped. Consequently, bound feet were supposed to eventually be not more than 4-6 inches or 10-15 cm. This is the main reason for the disability (inability to walk) amongst very old Chinese women today.

Feet binding

1) soak feet in a mixture of Chinese herbal medicine and animal blood, relaxing the muscles and rendering them easily shaped.
2) Remove toe nails to avoid subsequent infections. All these are preparatory steps for the real foot binding.
3) To shape the feet, a silk or cotton bandage, 2 inches wide and 10 feet long, was soaked in the same mixture as in a) above
4) Feet are bound in these bandages, which were gradually tightened until they could be pulled to the heel of the foot.
5) Shoes were custom made to fit these small feet.

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