What can or do we understand about "Chinese Arts".
First we have to know that there are many different ethnic groups in China with their own language, culture and history. Meaning that they all have different forms of arts, crafts, textiles etc. to express themselves.
Second; what we call "typical Chinese" can be dated back to the first dynasties. This is over a range of thousands of years with so many different influences like religion (Buddhism - Hinduism - Taoism,...) and foreign cultures.
The Chinese custom of breaking and binding a little girl’s feet began over one thousand years ago. Since that time, millions of Chinese women from all classes have experienced the excruciating pain involved in achieving the extraordinarily tiny lotus foot. Foot binding began in the royal palaces in the mid-10th century. The custom of foot binding was at first a sign of wealth, as the woman with a properly bound foot could do very little. This remained a custom of the royalty, nobility and very rich until the beginning of the 17th century. By the end of the 1600’s, millions of women from all classes were binding their feet in order to imitate the upper classes. Though the custom was outlawed in 1911, footbinding was not completely abandoned until the Communists, under the leadership of Mao Zedong, proclaimed the People’s Republic of China in 1949.