|Title||pair of silk lotus shoes|
|Collection||Artworld: Oriental Museum|
|Date||19th century CE|
|Description||A pair of finely embroidered lotus shoes in pink silk.
The shoes have a high heel and slightly curled toes. The sides of the shoe are embroidered with lotus flowers and birds in silk threads of many colours, with sequins attached. There is a green cross-pattern stitched above a white and brown patterned tape around the opening of the shoe. The heel-tab is dark blue with an embroidered white flower with sequins surrounded by white and brown patterned tape. The upper is hand-stitched to the sole using white thread. The sides of the heel are covered in white brocade interwoven with a bird-pattern; the underside of the heel has a lotus flower embroidered on pink silk. The soles are of white cotton, textured using small stitches in white thread.
|Location Creation Site||Zhonghua|
|Location Current Repository||The Oriental Museum|
|Measurements||4.5 x 6.3 x 9.4 cm|
|Context||It is believed that the custom of foot-binding originated from as early as the 10th century CE.
Northern style lotus shoes
|Relation References||Ko, D. 2001. Every step a lotus : shoes for bound feet. Berkeley: University of California Press.|
|Rights||Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved|
|Style Period||Qing Dynasty|