No one knows exactly how foot binding custom began but it was permeated in all social and economic classes of china. By foot binding, women become dependent on other and they were not able to journey far so they were controllable for men. 

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Foot binding in china history was an attempt to stop feet growth by a nutshell. it began with girls b/w the ages of 4 and 7 and even later if the poor parents needed their daughter to do work with them.  A bandage was wrapped tightly around the feet, This made the feet smaller and shorter, The bandage was tightened every day and the girl was put into smaller & smaller sized shoes. The whole procedure took about two years, at the end the feet become dead and utterly useless. so that they could not grow normally. This made the feet smaller and shorter,  As the girl reached adulthood, her feet would remain small. it was difficult for women having binding feet to go for a long walk.

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Foot binding was popular especially in rich society

This was at first a typical practice just in the wealthiest parts of China, especially in North China. However, by the late Qing Dynasty, foot binding had become popular in people of all social classes except the poorest class because they needed healthy and normal women to work with them. Foot binding was a custom foot torture to fit into tiny little shoes practiced on young females for roughly 1000 years in China, Starting in the 10th century and ending in the mid 20th century.

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in 1895, the first anti-foot binding community was formed in shanghai and after that anti-foot binding society come into existing across the country. According to this community members have to register their children names and ages. Registered members of anti-foot binding society were not allowed to let their son marry with women having bound feet. so in this way, they were able to find normal mates.

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