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Made in China since the Qing dynasty
Beijing cobbler Cai Wenke painstakingly makes shoes, with traditional 'thousand-layer' soles and hand-stitched fabric uppers, by hand in a process that has hardly changed since the business first started in 1853.
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August 07, 2018
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a '"thousand-layer" cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Beijing, China
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a "thousand-layer" cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a '"thousand-layer" cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China, August 7, 2018. Neiliansheng has made shoes with traditional "thousand-layer" soles and hand-stitched fabric uppers since the Qing dynasty in a process that has hardly changed since the business first started in 1853. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a "thousand-layer" cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Beijing, China
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a "thousand-layer" cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a "thousand-layer" cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China, August 7, 2018. Neiliansheng has made shoes with traditional "thousand-layer" soles and hand-stitched fabric uppers since the Qing dynasty in a process that has hardly changed since the business first started in 1853. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Beijing, China
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Beijing, China
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a "thousand-layer" cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Beijing, China
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a "thousand-layer" cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a "thousand-layer" cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China, August 7, 2018. Neiliansheng has made shoes with traditional "thousand-layer" soles and hand-stitched fabric uppers since the Qing dynasty in a process that has hardly changed since the business first started in 1853. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A handmade 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker...
Beijing, China
A handmade 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker...
A handmade 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A handmade 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe and tools are seen at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Beijing, China
A handmade 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe and tools are seen at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
A handmade 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe and tools are seen at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
Cobbler Cai Wenke inspects a pair of 'thousand-layer' cloth shoes at the demonstration workshop of the...
Beijing, China
Cobbler Cai Wenke inspects a pair of 'thousand-layer' cloth shoes at the demonstration workshop of the...
Cobbler Cai Wenke inspects a pair of 'thousand-layer' cloth shoes at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
Nails and tools used in the production of 'thousand-layer' cloth shoes lie on a bench at the demonstration...
Beijing, China
Nails and tools used in the production of 'thousand-layer' cloth shoes lie on a bench at the demonstration...
Nails and tools used in the production of 'thousand-layer' cloth shoes lie on a bench at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
Cobbler Cai Wenke puts the finishing touches to a 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop...
Beijing, China
Cobbler Cai Wenke puts the finishing touches to a 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop...
Cobbler Cai Wenke puts the finishing touches to a 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a "thousand-layer" cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Beijing, China
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a "thousand-layer" cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a "thousand-layer" cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China, August 7, 2018. Neiliansheng has made shoes with traditional "thousand-layer" soles and hand-stitched fabric uppers since the Qing dynasty in a process that has hardly changed since the business first started in 1853. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Beijing, China
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng...
Cobbler Cai Wenke works on a 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A customer tries on a handmade 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the showroom of the Neiliansheng shoemaker...
Beijing, China
A customer tries on a handmade 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the showroom of the Neiliansheng shoemaker...
A customer tries on a handmade 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the showroom of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A customer tries on a handmade 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the showroom of the Neiliansheng shoemaker...
Beijing, China
A customer tries on a handmade 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the showroom of the Neiliansheng shoemaker...
A customer tries on a handmade 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the showroom of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
People walk past the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Beijing, China
People walk past the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing
People walk past the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A combination of pictures shows designs of the traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the Neiliansheng...
Beijing, China
A combination of pictures shows designs of the traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the Neiliansheng...
A combination of pictures shows designs of the traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing,...
Beijing, China
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing...
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing,...
Beijing, China
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing...
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing,...
Beijing, China
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing...
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing,...
Beijing, China
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing...
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing,...
Beijing, China
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing...
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing,...
Beijing, China
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing...
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing,...
Beijing, China
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing...
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing,...
Beijing, China
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing...
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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August 07, 2018
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing,...
Beijing, China
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing...
A traditional 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe is seen at the Neiliansheng shoemaker's workshop in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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