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Antique Chinese Manchu Embroidered Platform Shoes


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1900: Item # 881821

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Manchu women never practiced foot-binding. However, during the Qing dynasty, they did wear pedestal aka platform shoes, hoping to give the appearance of smaller feet. The tips of the shoes would appear to peak out from under the robes, giving the foot more dainty appearance.

This pair of antique Chinese shoes were made with a silk background fabric and embroidered with silk thread using satin stitching. Added appliques velvet fabric in the shape of fish are embroidered with a chain stitch. In Chinese culture, fish represent "abundance". There is one tiny hole the size of a pinhead which is in the vamp fabric just below the fishtail. The shoes show very little wear and are (with that one exception) in very good condition.