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It was practiced in China from the Song dynasty until the early 20th century, and bound feet were considered a status symbol as well as a mark of beauty.Foot binding limited the mobility of women, and resulted in lifelong disabilities for most of its subjects, although some women with bound feet working outdoors have also been reported. The practice possibly originated among upper class court dancers during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in 10th century China, then became popular among the elite during the Song dynasty, eventually spreading to all social classes by the Qing dynasty.Foot binding was practiced in different forms, and the more severe form of binding may have been developed in the 16th century.It has been estimated that by the 19th century, 40–50% of all Chinese women may have had bound feet, and up to almost 100% among upper class Han Chinese women.

Only a few elderly Chinese women still survive today with bound feet.This practice was called "toast to the golden lotus" and lasted until the late Qing dynasty.However, no other foreign visitors to Yuan China mentioned the practice, including Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo (who nevertheless noted the dainty walk of Chinese women who took very small steps), perhaps an indication that it was not a widespread or extreme practice at that time.Im just looking for somone i can hang out with and get to know. not saying i dont have or like nice things, just like a girl with that kind of character.To narrow your search with photos only, please Signup FREE in 10 Seconds.The practice became increasingly common among the gentry families, later spreading to the general population, as commoners and theatre actors alike adopted footbinding.

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