The tradition has it’s roots in the Sung Dynasty, around 1100 AD when women at the emperors court believed to be beautiful they needed tiny feet so they began binding the feet of their children starting around age 2 or 3. The bindings were so tight that they would break the bones in the feet forcing the toes to curl under and thus they would walk on their broken feet. Often, not able to walk very far, they would result in crawling. One of the earliest “Cinderella” stories comes out of 13th century China w/the moral of the story being the prince loved her b/c she had the smallest feet in the kingdom so only the slipper would fit her.
digital collage, 2009
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