The thousand-year tradition, which is now prohibited thing of the past with these old ladies. British photographer Joe Farrell (Jo Farrell) have documented the ancient custom of “foot-binding”, practiced in China since the beginning of the X until the beginning of XX century. He will go down in history with these elderly women.
Foot-binding process began before the girl’s foot was fully formed – between the ages of 4 and 9 years old.
Foot Yang Jing After soaking in a warm herbal teas and animal blood, the foot bent with such force that his fingers pressed into the sole of the foot and break, and then bandage was imposed in the form of “Eight”, starting with the arch of the foot, around the fingers and then finally around the heel.
It was believed that mothers should not carry out this procedure, since the mother would feel sorry for her daughter and would not be able to tighten the bandage tight enough.
The emergence of the custom associated with the story of how Emperor Li Yu (937-978) asked one of his concubines, Yao Nhan, wrap strips of white silk legs so that they looked like a crescent moon; Then she danced “Lotus Dance” at their fingertips. Women from high society began to imitate it, then the practice became widespread.
75-year-old Su Rong Xi (1933)
Chinese authorities from the 1600s several attempts to ban the foot binding, but the custom is gradually faded away only after the Xinhai Revolution in 1911 and the establishment of the republic.
Straw shoes Su Xi Rong
79-year-old at the time of photographing Shui Liu Ying and her husband. (1926-2013)
75-year-old Hu Jun Rong (1932)
87-year-old Cao Mei Xing (1921-2013)
Legs Cao Mei Xing
Leg Hu Jun Rong
87-year-old Yang Jing (1923)
84-year-old Zhao Hua Hong (1926-2013)
Legs Zhao Hua Hong
Legs Su Xi Rong
78-year-old Shi Yu Hong (1930)
Source — Buzzfeed.com