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K-Min: I don't know how or when I got interested but my heart ached for the old clog makers when clogs started fading in importance. I wanted to help them and did some research and found that Chinese clogs (as a lost art) was poorly marketed compared to Dutch clogs. I was overwhelmed with a deep sense of pity that even though clogs and clog making were an important part of our past, this art form would simply slip into oblivion. If we ourselves don't preserve our culture, who will? The thought made me rather upset and I set about letting people know about Chinese clogs through miniature souvenir clogs.

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  • How did you get interested in preserving the clogs making tradition?

    I don't know how or when I got interested but my heart ached for the old clog makers when clogs started fading in importance. I wanted to help them and did some research and found that Chinese clogs (as a lost art) was poorly marketed compared to Dutch clogs. I was overwhelmed with a deep sense of pity that even though clogs and clog making were an important part of our past, this art form would simply slip into oblivion. If we ourselves don't preserve our culture, who will? The thought made me rather upset and I set about letting people know about Chinese clogs through miniature souvenir clogs.

  • Who wears clogs and why?

    Clogs were considered sturdy and durable and could be worn on any surface. The heels and soles of the clogs were of the same height, connected by a bridge. The surface was flat so that the sole rested squarely on the base to maximise the wearer's walking capacity and comfort. Clogs were preferred by women when working on wet surfaces particularly when they were washing clothes, working in the kitchen or going to the bathroom. This was because clogs would not slip and they prevented seeping of water to the feet. Vendors in the market place also preferred them as the high wooden base kept their feet away from the wet and dirty floors in the markets. Earlier clogs were hand-painted with red paint. They were two types of design, the simple oval shaped clogs were for men and the curving centers of the oval shaped clogs were for women. Even children had miniature versions. Later however many colours came into use and the preferred colours were red, yellow and black lacquer.

  • When did people stop wearing clogs? How come?

    The decline started in 1960s right through till 1980s. Modern footwear that can cater to every need and taste led to many clog makers closing their shops.

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