The practice of foot binding is explained and illustrated through interviews and artefacts. Set in an informal museum of foot binding shoes, the styles, decoration and process of foot binding are explained and illustrated by bringing to life the reality of the practice. Alison Foreman meets with a woman who is of the last generation of foot bound women from the 1930's. What follows is a rare first-hand account of history through her childhood and adulthood experiences connected with the practice.

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Pupils may use the piece as for the subsequent research of distinct practices in a series of other cultures. Explore other practices that women have endured in the name of fashion and beauty, for example corsets in the Victorian era.