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The Unusual Custom Of Gifting Shoes To Chinese Women by Staff Author
I am sure receiving a pair of shoes as a wedding gift would be deemed highly unusual in most parts of the world but for most Chinese women this is nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, shoes are the mascot of the traditional Chinese marriage custom primarily due to the fact that the word used for shoes in Chinese is quite similar to another word that means “together”. As such when a Chinese bride receives a pair of shoes as a wedding gift, it is an indication that the presenter wishes the couple to have a long and happy life together.
 
Traditional Chinese shoes; a great gift for a traditional Chinese woman.Not many people are aware of the fact that shoes hold great cultural significance in Chinese society. In the ancient Chinese society, shoes were referred to as foot clothing and besides enhancing the beauty of the feet were also used to signify the rank and status of the wearer within the society. The custom of foot binding was in fact initiated to distinguish the Chinese women belonging to higher classes and royal families from the commoners and peasant class. Even in the modern times, manufacturing shoes is considered to be an art form which has a deep relation with folklore, aesthetics and archeology. Chinese shoe industry has, over the years, undergone many significant changes with designs evolving from simple to complex under western influence.
 
Chinese women share a special love for embroidered shoes which are not only rich in design and color but also made with a special technique. While earlier, different types of cloths were used for making these shoes, the changing times and the advances in shoe manufacturing technology have enabled people to use diverse materials for creating embroidered shoes. A pair of shoes having embroidered in gold thread and bearing the traditional Chinese symbols of the dragon and the phoenix can prove to be an ideal gift for a Chinese female on her wedding day. Not only will it signify the blessings of the presenter for her and her partner’s future life but will also be a symbol of good luck and fortune for the new phase of her life, that she is about to step in.


From: Original         Author: Staff Author         Time: 3/29/2012 7:23:15 PM

 
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