Lotus Feet – A photographer documents the latest Chinese with binding feet

The British photographer Jo Farell, based in Hong Kong, has documented for more than 10 years the last Chinese women with small feet, born from the tradition of foot binding. Foot binding, also known as Lotus Feet, was practiced in China from the tenth century to the early twentieth century, more than a thousand years, and which consisted to wrap the feet of girls with tight bandages to keep them very small despite the growth. This practice symbolized wealth and distinction, and resulted into abominable deformations on the feet of young girls… The photographs of Jo Farell are published in her book Living History.

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Images © Jo Farell

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