AAD Insole Embroidery

The insole embroidery is an interesting tradition, I have never really thought of the beliefs behind decorative or meaningful insoles but I do appreciate the tradition. There is a lot of emphasis on the feet throughout various cultures and history. It reminds me a bit of how foot binding was so popular, it was such a strong influence in culture, and while that has phased out other rituals concerning the feet have taken its place from insole embroidery, heels, and pedicures. How long has this been a ritual? And I’m curious to if this was to be a replacement for foot binding, considering bindings intentions were to make a woman beautiful which would lead to prosperity in other forms, perhaps it was replacing the ideals and goals behind foot binding. Does this seem likely? Or would these two be unrelated?

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