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Pair of Antique Chinese Embroidered Lotus Shoes

Pair of Antique Chinese Embroidered Lotus Shoes


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1910: Item # 1066719

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This pair of Chinese lotus shoes were made by a woman of limited finances. She bought what materials were needed for the vamp and supplemented with the use of rough home spun fabric scraps to cover the shaped heals and soles. The limited amount of expensive gold couching threads outlining the floral embroidery pattern on each side of the shoes indicates that this pair of lotus shoes would have used only for special occasions. Cleverly hidden inside each shoe is a heel cushion which would have given the wearer the illusion of extra height.