Chinese ‘festive’ booties

Made by Unknown in China, 1900-1994.

As a predominantly rural society with a high mortality rate, it was the ambition of parents to have a large family. To ensure the continuation of a family line, children’s clothing and footwear was decorated with auspicious designs as a means of providing supernatural protection from evil forces as well as to ensure great success in the future. Decorative garments such as this were worn on special occasions such as Chinese New Year or other significant occasions, such as the 100 days celebration...


Pair of red silk satin booties, most probably for a girl, featuring a finely embroidered phoenix in apricot, green, pink, yellow, cream, teal, black, and tan silk thread. Toe in the shape of a phoenix with orange, green and pink silk tassels, applied sequins and pom poms in a variety of colours. Lined in striped cotton and stiffened with cardboard.


120 mm
165 mm


Unknown 1900-1994


Gift of Roger Grellman, 2007

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Chinese 'festive' booties 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 March 2017, <>
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