The peasant wives did their best, although they had no training. But they showed that it was important that the girls went on their sore feet everyday to keep feet agility. Inside the city had the expertise to constrict the girls' feet. But no matter to the girl that she had to go on the sore feet, it was only good if she was bad to go. Because an upper class woman was overjoyed when she would leave her room.
More than 100 years after the centuries-old practice of foot binding was banned in China, these are some of the last living women who were subjected to the practice as children. Once a symbol of beauty and status, foot binding, also known as lotus feet, was carried out in China since the 10th century, falling out of favour in the early 20th century before it was outlawed in 1911. photo by Jo Farrell