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Alison Lynch – Metro – Thursday, 13 June 2014 (originally published 9 Jun )

Chinese women who were subjected to the extremely painful practice, also known as lotus feet,

All the women featured in Jo’s photographs are peasant farmers who had their feet bound to suggest social status Image: Jo Farrell

It’s a practice many of us have heard of but never seen.

The barbaric act of foot binding, carried out in China from the 10th century until it was banned in 1911, was a prerequisite for women looking for husbands and was meant to show that the woman would make a good wife.

Now, the last remaining Chinese women who were subjected to the extremely painful practice, also known as lotus feet, have been captured in a series of poignant black and white images by Hong Kong photographer, Jo Farrell . . .

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