Foot binding was a custom practiced on young girls in China for about one thousand years from the 10th century and until the early 20th century.
Beginning at an early age, young girls’ feet were wrapped in tight bandages to prevent them from growing normally.
Their feet became deformed, never growing beyond 4-6 inches (10-15 cm).
The four smaller toes on a girl’s foot would break within a year of the initial binding.
Only the big toe remained intact. A well developed arch was the essential feature of a perfect “lotus foot”.
The ideal outcome was a 3-inch foot, called a golden lotus. A 4 inch (10 cm) foot, called a silver lotus, was considered acceptable.
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