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Elite woman’s shoe
Cotton, silk, yarn.
2.5 in. high x 6 in. long x 3 in. wide.
For centuries, bound shoes like these were popular throughout China for the noble class until 1911, when it was officially band. Both machined and hand stitched, this pair is decorated with stylized dragons on either side made from folded gold foil and silk embroidery. A patchwork of indigo fabric reinforces the inside and soles which show wear from use.