Embroidered Shoes



Embroidered shoes are a common cultural treasure of Chinese heritage. Among the 55 ethnic minorities of China, over 20, such as Miao, Zhuang, Dong, Yao, Yi, used embroidered shoes a constituent component of their costumes. The embroidered patterns of each ethic minority are varied, yet they all came with the same label - China.



As early as 5,000 years ago, in the Neolithic Age, leather boots had emerged in the lives of Chinese people. Gradually, shoes made of various materials and in diverse styles came into existence. After the social division of labor when men were to till the land and women weave cloth, diligent and intelligent Chinese women, throughout the dynasties, have passed down the ancient technique of embroidering shoes from generation to generation. Stitch by stitch, they were narrating aesthetic notions, cultural traditions, ethics and virtues, as well as the fashion trends of each dynasty with these tiny shoes. From vamp to upper, from welt to sole, embroidery meets a niche in which a little sparkle is in line with the Eastern vogue of advocating aestheticism. The motifs originate from folk culture and customs, such as flowers, birds, insects, fish, animals, mountains, rivers, fruits, and figures from traditional operas. Auspicious patterns to wish that others soon bear children and that a life-long happy marriage prevails. People's values and pursuit for a happy life are vividly demonstrated in these beautiful embroidered products.