Hung Hum, Kowloon, Hong Kong….the daily catch
Originally posted on China Daily Mail:
Foot binding, the cruel practice of mutilating the feet of young girls, was once pervasive in turn-of-the-century China, where it was seen as a sign of wealth and marriage eligibility.
For a millennium—from the 10th to 20th centuries—the practice flourished on and off, deeply ingrained in Chinese society.
Even after it was outlawed in 1912, many women continued to clandestinely bind their daughters’ feet, believing it would make them more attractive to suitors.
For nearly a decade, British photographer Jo Farrell has been traveling to far-flung Chinese provinces to track down the last surviving women with bound feet.
At first, she was unaware that such women even still existed. But she has since uncovered a little-discussed and almost never seen practice that has endured…
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