Relics of oppression

Elderly Chinese women who bound their feet captured in photographs

The cruel practice of foot binding, contorting a little girl’s foot into a triangular shape, was banned in China 103 years ago. But a living reminder of the oppressive tradition remains today. Photographer Jo Farrell found and photographed the last 50 women still living who bound their feet and have the deformities to prove it. During the height of its popularity, the Chinese believed that the results of the painful practice were a sign of good pedigree and improved the chances of a girl attracting a worthy suitor.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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