Chinese silk womens ankle covers or leggings

Made 1900-1904

These red satin embroidered ankle covers or leggings were worn to cover swollen ankles caused by the Chinese practice of binding the feet. The covers hung over the feet and were fastened with ties around the calf, with the trouser legs tucked inside the leggings.

The custom of foot-binding that inhibited natural growth of the foot was an extremely painful process that resulted in a tiny, deformed foot known as a lotus foot. Foot binding was an important aspect of Chinese culture from around 950...


Pair of red silk ankle covers [leggings] featuring embroidered floral motifs worked in satin stitch in pink, yellow, green, teal and purple silk thread and gold metal wrapped thread. A band of green woven ribbon trim has been applied in the centre of the covers and they are lined in bright pink linen.


145 mm
210 mm




Gift of Roger Grellman, 2007

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Chinese silk womens ankle covers or leggings 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 March 2017, <>
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