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Lotus shoes

Description: For nearly one thousand years, peoples of the Han nationality in China practiced the binding of women's feet, emulating the bud of a lotus flower. The lotus flower symbolizes purity, perfection, and fruitfulness and young girl’s feet were bound to deform them into the “ideal” 3 inch golden lily. Bound feet were adorned with beautifully embroidered and decorated shoes such as these. Certain symbols were embroidered on the shoes to convey the maker's wishes. The bat symbol means good fortune. If good fortune has already arrived to the person, the bat emblem is shown upside-down.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Geography: China
Subjects: China -- Civilization--221 B.C.-960 A.D.
China -- Social life and customs
Footbinding -- China
Shoes -- China
Shoes -- History
Clothing and dress

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