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Bowed shoes

This pair of bowed shoes date back to sometime during the late Qing dynasty to the early years of the ROC. They were worn on the bound feet of wealthy Taiwanese women of Fujianese descent and are a valuable cultural artifact for researchers of contemporary folk culture.
These shoes have a pointed tip and heel, with the vamp and instep made of red cloth. The upper surfaces are finely embroidered with colorful auspicious plant and flower patterns. Items such as these are rare and are important to preserve as testament to the traditional practice of foot binding amongst Chinese women.


Digital archive of Traditional Taiwanese  everyday items and customs
Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology: Department of Management information resources