This listing is for one 3-Strand AFRICANA waist beads. These red, yellow and green waist beads are actually 3 strands joined together by a gorgeous accent translucent colored glass bead at several different points along the strand.
LENGTH: 43-44 inches (long)
BEAD SIZE: 18 beads per 1 inch (small)
You can easily make it smaller to fit your waist by removing beads from the ends.
Each strand is strung on a cotton cord for durability and longevity. They are meant to be tied on for long term wear.
Typically you would wear the beads along your panty line to accommodate slight weight fluctuations. Instructions for wearing and protecting your beads will come with your order.
The history of waist beads dates back to antiquity. Many believe that the history begins in ancient Egypt where they were called “girdles” and were worn by women as a status symbol. In West Africa, the tradition was made popular by the Yoruban tribe of Nigeria. They are worn as a celebration of womanhood, sexuality, femininity, fertility, healing, spirituality, body shaping, protection and wealth.
Don’t be fooled by photos of only slender women wearing waist beads. Women of all shapes and sizes can confidently adorn themselves with waist beads as well. Because traditionally beads are worn along your panty or bikini line and not your actual waist (which is typically across the belly button), it allows for all women to comfortably wear waist beads no matter their size. Wearing them is really a personal reflection and appreciation for your God-given beauty.