These are the shocking images that show pensioners in China suffering the painful effects of the 1,year-old practice of foot binding. More than women aged 70 and older partake in the custom in the village of Liuyi in the Yunnan Province, with the location dubbed the 'Bound Feet Women Village' as a result. The custom involves tightly wrapping the feet of young girls to change their shape and was popular among wealthy women who did not have to work, and therefore 'did not need to use their feet'.
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Hong Kong CNN It was an excruciatingly painful practice that maimed the feet of millions of Chinese girls and women for centuries: foot-binding. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.
In the latest round of filming there was an incident that haunts me. It took place during a segment on the social changes that affected Chinese women in the late 13th century. These changes can be illustrated by the practice of female foot-binding.
The process of binding feet also known as "lotus feet" started before the arch had a chance to fully develop — somewhere between the ages of 4 and 9. It was considered better to get someone who wasn't your mum to do it: They were less likely to bind them sympathetically loose. There were various attempts to ban the tradition from the s, but it didn't die out until the early 20th century.
By Neil Connor. It may have been nine decades ago, but the gruelling process she endured continues to chill her. Every few days her infant feet were dipped in animal blood, and then cotton binding cloth was wrapped tighter and tighter around her soft, broken bones.
Chinese foot binding of women, particularly among the wealthy classes, was a common practice for many centuries. The foot was broken and bound when a girl was years of age, before the arch had fully developed. The feet were bound for life, periodically being unbound, washed and beaten to keep the bones broken.
Wikimedia Commons. For around ten centuries, successive generations of Chinese women endured a practice when, as children, their feet were systematically broken and shaped in such a way that they resembled hooves. The tradition, known as foot binding, eventually came to symbolize China's backwardness, a relic from the country's distant past.