THE HISTORY OF WAIST BEADS

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THE HISTORY OF WAIST BEADS

THE HISTORY OF WAIST BEADS

In today’s article, I will be sharing with you the list of the History of Waist Beads.

Over the years, wearing waist beads has slowly become the ‘in thing’ in fashion.

Although it has always been an element of culture in the African custom, today, many more people have fallen in love with the idea of having it on or having someone they love wearing them.

Waist beads are adornments or decorative pieces made from cowries, precious shells, beads, pearls, or small metal strung onto a wire or fish line(not the one used for fishing).

These beads strung on fine fishing lines or carefully threaded ropes have adorned the waists of numerous African women.

Whether hidden under clothes, peaking out at intervals, or carefully arranged to show over clothes, the mesmerizing sounds these beads make as the wearer moves and their vibrant colors keep our eyes glued.

In Nigeria, waist beads were worn as a sign of spirituality, femininity, sensuality, growth, and fertility in the olden days.

In Ghana, it is a symbol of a rite of passage and coming of age for a young girl, and this is usually proof of her sexual maturity.

In some African societies, female children are adorned with waist beads by their moms once they get their period to mark their rite of passage into womanhood.

These beads symbolize the female child’s transition from childhood to adulthood, proof of her fertility and sexuality.

One thing that is common to every wearer worldwide is that waist beads are the fact that they serve as a form of body shapers.

They are excellent tools for monitoring weight gain and weight loss.

A little weight loss or weight gain is easily detected; once the wearer gains weight, the beads easily roll up and eventually break, and if the wearer loses weight, the beads roll down and become so loose that they finally fall off.

So if you are going on a weight loss or weight gain journey, it would be an excellent pointer to get waist beads to track your progress somewhat.

What Are Waist Beads?

Made from beads, small pieces of glass, metal, and sometimes cowries, pierced and strung together, these beads come in different sizes, colors, and lengths.

Waist beads hold deep cultural significance peculiar to the different African societies. Worn by women or sometimes men, these beads are viewed as a symbol of femininity, fertility, sensuality, and spiritual well-being.

Each bead with its different colors and shapes possesses different meanings in different societies and sends messages depending on who wears and who sees it.

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