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Cloth Shoes

By helenlinda
It’s said the sole of cloth shoes has a thousand layers, but there are actually only about five layers. The term, “sole of one thousand layers” is exaggerated to describe the sole’s many layers and the complicated manufacturing process. Chinese cloth shoes have a history of more than 3,000 years. In Houma Shi city, Shannxi province, when a warrior from the West Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC-771 BC) was unearthed, it was discovered he wore cloth shoes; the earliest known handicraft cloth shoes.
Last night a friend from Shannxi Province showed us these lovely pig faced shoes from his home town. They also make tiger faced shoes, but it is usually the boys who wear them.
Thank you for looking and many thanks to Johanna for her User Award yesterday

Tags: Xian Landscape and travel Chinese cloth shoes Shannxi Province

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mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2016 5:57PM
I like these. I've spent this afternoon photographing shoes, none of them as pretty as these.
CarolG 16 199 20 Greece
26 Jan 2016 6:10PM
What very pretty shoes, Helen, and they look so comfortable.
26 Jan 2016 6:51PM
A colourful close-up of these shoes, very nice.
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
26 Jan 2016 7:11PM
Charming--and a lovely photo of.....
EMJAYCEE 13 10 10 England
26 Jan 2016 7:18PM
What fun these look and very interesting info,
Daisymaye Plus
14 25 24 Canada
26 Jan 2016 8:18PM
Love the little pig faces. Very cute shoes.
franken Plus
20 5.6k 4 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2016 10:28PM
Lovely image, Helen.

Irishkate 12 45 121 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2016 10:40PM
Delightful shoes whatever the number of layers.
Makes me think of Gladys Alyward and the film' Inn of the Sixth Happiness'
and the feet binding in China.
I wonder if the thousand layers referred to our soul?
Kate Grin
nonur 14 18 13 Turkey
26 Jan 2016 11:46PM
Lovely colourful image with informative writeup, Helen.
cbrundage 9 4 United States
27 Jan 2016 1:18AM
Delightful! At first I thought they might be Eastern European. So colorful!
Jekaro 13 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2016 10:40AM

Wonderful colours Helen, superbly presented with an interesting narrative.

TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
27 Jan 2016 12:37PM
How wonderful! They look really comfortable Smile Interesting write-up too, Helen Smile
Trev Smile
27 Jan 2016 10:22PM
Quite fancy a pair of those.
( And thank you, Helen, for your award! SmileSmile)


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