The Museum of Shoes for Bound Feet re-opened this year after a fire closed it last year. It would be fascinating to visit it as part of my Bound Feet Blues project but it is in Anren Town of Dayi County, in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
The press info states:
“In addition to the everyday shoes, the museum also displayed “special-occasion” shoes, which women with bound feet were to wear at wedding ceremonies, birthday parties and funerals as well as rain boots and high-top boots.”
I love the way they have displayed some of the shoes – as in the photo above – as if in a modern day shoe shop. I can almost imagine the ladies of ancient China strolling along the shelves wondering which one to buy…
In reality, these women would have made their own slippers or had them made by seamstresses and would never have gone shopping in the way that modern women of today gallivant boldly around town unaccompanied and with our confident big feet.
Photos: with thanks from http://en.people.cn/n/2015/0118/c98649-8837567-5.html
This blog post is part of Women’s History Month
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