by Sutirtho Patranobis
The Chinese Footbinding Culture Museum (CFCM) in Wuzhen, a water town close to Shanghai in eastern China, is a somber, musty place where visitors are usually an uneasy, silent trickle of domestic tourists.
It’s because of the history it houses: The darkly lit museum, where photography is prohibited, is an authoritative stop for anyone looking to acquire some basic knowledge about the disturbing and painful history of women’s foot-binding in China.
In foot-binding culture, women’s feet were crippled during childhood to make them tiny and pointed, two physical distortions that epitomised beauty in medieval China…
April 08, 2019 — 15:25 IST