Collecting Embroidered Insoles
Collecting things that are unique and new is an ongoing trend in the world these days. For example the sneackerhead generation is an ongoing trend of collecting unique and uncommon shoes. Collectors look for shoes will certain qualities like, “Shoes that have the most value are usually exclusive or limited editions. Also certain color schemes may be rarer relative to others in the same sneaker, inflating desirability and value. Recently, sneaker customs, or one-of-a-kind sneakers that have been hand-painted, have become popular as well,” (Wikipedia, sneakerheads). Some other things that are starting to be collected because they are unique, hand-made, and one of a kind are embroidered insole. These unique designs come from local Chinese and daily life. They are hand made with a just a needle and thread and every design has a different meaning and understanding behind it. Some examples are the combination of dragon and phoenix is the symbol of the highest mascot and the combination of pine and crane implies good wishes for a long life and so on. “These are not just insoles used to cushion one’s feet; today, they are also a Chinese folk art that has value to collectors,” (Li Ruo Fen). This is a new art work that collectors are starting to grasp and save. Starting in the Eastern Han Dynasty embroidered soles have been around for a long time and will continue to be around for a very long time, but are just now starting to be collected and will continue to be collected for a long time in the future.