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Foot Binding in China
'Historical artwork of a young Chinese woman binding her feet with bandages. In a practice that lasted one thousand years, young girls had their feet tightly bandaged to prevent them growing any longer than 15 centimetres. This led to painful deformities that made walking extremely difficult. It was common amongst the middle and upper classes and was seen as a mark of wealth as the women would need to be carried around and served by attendants. Foot binding was banned in 1912 with the end of imperial Chinese rule."
Foot Binding, China. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 5 Aug 2012.
Contains eight hundred alphabetically arranged entries that provide information on notable events, concepts, and people in the history of China, and includes sidebars, illustrations, and a comprehensive index.
For this "foot binding" search, use the term "bound feet." Look in volumes 1, 2, 5. (Vol. 5 is the index.)
Tells the story of the author's great-aunt Chang Yu-i, a woman who challenged Chinese tradition by refusing to have her feet bound, marrying and divorcing preeminent poet Hsu Chih-mo, and running the Shanghai Women's Savings Bank during the 1930s.
Traces the history of footbinding from its origins in the dance culture of China's medieval court to its continued use in the twenty-first century, discussing what the purpose of footbinding is and how it has been used throughout history.
Explores the facts and the fiction surrounding the Chinese custom of breaking and binding the feet of girls into the shape of a pointed lotus bud, and includes photographs of the exquisite, tiny slippers worn by women with bound and deformed feet.
Traces the history of Chinese dress from the Qing Dynasty to the present, discussing how historical, cultural, and social changes have influenced the dress of Chinese peasants, royalty, soldiers, and ordinary citizens.