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The Last Woman To Follow China’s 1000-Year-Old Foot-Binding Tradition Shows The Damage Done

Some of the most common problems that come with foot-binding are infections, which forced the women to cut chunks of their own flesh, and pus drainage.

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The bandages used for foot-binding were long and made it hard for women to wash their feet. They would only wash once or twice a week, which made their feet smell horribly.


Women would make their own shoes using intricately detailed needlework. Traditionally, the more colorful and elaborate type would be worn during their wedding days.


A three inch foot was called a golden lotus, while a four inch foot was called a silver lotus. There are said to be less than a few dozen women left who endured the practice of foot binding.

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