Waist beads have been apart of African culture since the 15th centuries. They are worn as a symbolic expression for: womanhood, femininity, fertility, spirituality, protection, seduction, confidence, sexuality, intimacy, status, wealth, celebration and so much more! While some waist beads have energy crystals the main healing is through women embracing and celebrating themselves no matter the size. Healing starts with self-love. There are so many traditions and reasons waist beads are worn. Here are the most common.
Adornment- Waist Beads help women embrace and honor their sexuality. They make women feel beautiful and help with a positive body image, self-love and acceptance.
Intimacy- Waist beads are also worn for seduction and can provoke desire. Wives would often lure their husbands with the rattle of beads or use them as a means to communicate their fertility at certain times of the month.
Weight Management- The practice of wearing several waist beads over time will help to keep the waist small and accentuate the hips. They can be a good tool to measure weight gain and loss.
Celebratory Purposes- Throughout several countries in Africa, waist beads have been used to adorn girls in celebration of how they have matured. Traditionally, mothers adorned their daughters with waist beads during their first menstruation as a rise of passage into womanhood.
Waist Beads tell the story of our womb. They remind us that our curves and everything within our belly is what makes us women.