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…

Reblogged from the Hindustan Times

Image courtesy of Wellcome Images (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International)

April 08, 2019 — 15:25 IST