Foot binding forms the shape of a young girl’s foot so that the heel and toes curl inward. It was done by mothers to their daughters, so they would appeal to a potential husband from the higher classes in China.
The practice became a trend during the Song Dynasty (960–1279) and started to die out during the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912). Though the practice was not encouraged during the Qing Dynasty and afterwards, women kept the practice alive in secret.
Photographer and anthropologist Jo Farrell managed to track down the last women with bound feet. Her project, Living History: Bound Feet Women of China, documents these women, their lives, and their prized feet.