China’s last remaining women with bound feet

Once known as a symbol of status and beauty, those with bound feet can still be found in many rural areas of China. More than 100 years ago, the patriarchal practice of food-binding – painfully binding feet in order to prevent growth – was banned in China, yet many villages continued this practice for many years. British photographer, Jo Farrell set out to photograph the last living women who were subjected to this practice as young children. The results were impressive to say the least.

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Photos by Jo Farrell

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