Friday, July 27, 2012

Lily Foot or Lutos Foot

To some people this is torture, but in Chinese culture this is FASHION. I can't imagine my foot being binded like that. I'll be in deep agony. 

What is the Chinese lily foot?

According to " The origin of lily foot is in time of geisha. Binding-foot is done in order to have small feet, for aesthetic reasons. Traditionally, geisha began their training at a very young age. Some girls were bonded to geisha houses (okiya) as children. These girls were referred to as hangyoku and were as young as nine years old. This was not a common practice in reputable districts and disappeared in the 1950s with the outlawing of child labor. Daughters of geisha were often brought up as geisha themselves, usually as the successor (atotori, meaning "heiress" ) or daughter-role (musume-bun) to the okiya".

 Photo was taken at Ripley's Believe it Or Not.