The thousand year old Chinese practice of foot binding may be long since abolished, but its grotesque legacy lives on in the few surviving ladies who were subjected to this crippling treatment.
Some of the last victims still live on, and the nature of the practice can be readily ascertained from the graphic photos below:
The excruciating practice involved binding the feet ever tighter in the girl’s youth, until the bones were broken and crushed into the desired shape. Such “shapely” feet were the subject of great aesthetic appreciation and were proudly displayed with the sort of fine footwear seen here.
Contrary to what might be thought, such crippled women could still be expected to work in the fields and retain relative mobility.
These ladies were born in the 1930s, and it can only be hoped that they were amongst the very last to be so afflicted…