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One strand of tiny waist beads or belly chains, on cotton thread, measuring approx. 42/44 inches. The beads size is approx. 2 x 2 mm. 3 different shades to choose from. (please, feel free to send me a message if you want more pics of one specific color). You can make your waist beads strand smaller if you wish to.

These beautiful waist beads, very thin, are traditionally worn in Africa by women and girls usually in a set of 3. They can be easily adjusted down to the waist size by removing excess beads before tying on the waist and they are intended for long term wear. Some very spiritual women prefer these waist beads stranded on cotton thread because they don't want any clasp or metal on their body.

You can also wrap them around your wrist , neck or ankle. (Please note, these are not custom made waist beads).

Primary: iris lilac (901)
Pic 2: iris green (902)
Pic 3: iris purple (beads size 3 x 2 mm) (903)
Pic 4: iris magenta (904) 10/0 Preciosa Czech glass
Pic 5: iris blue (107)

African waist beads were used to trade and even to pay for slaves,gold, property and other valuable items in Western African for many years. Ghana is pretty much attributed to be the bead production capital of the world. Some believe that they will help protect pregnant women or even provide birth control as did their ancestors many years ago.
In African tradition, waist beads are not for show, meant to be worn under clothing. But in the Western World it's certainly a form of personal expression and individual interpretation. They're for all women -- any body type, any race, any background. Women of all age, shapes and sizes can confidently adorn themselves with waist beads as well.
In Ghana women knew that waist beads helped form their body into a particular shape and adult women wear beads to sexually stimulate the male, as visual aphrodisiac. In other parts of West Africa, women would wear waist beads with bells on them, and when they walked it would make a jingling noise.
When you add stones, waist beads take on healing qualities. Depending on ailment or what needs to be enhanced (i.e. love, physic powers, balancing), various semi-precious stones can be included in the design of your waist beads.

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All proceeds from the sale of these beads goes to "The One & Only Cat Sanctuary in Ghana".
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Iris metallic tone waist beads with crystals, stranded on cotton thread, 42/44 inches, Fair Trade

$3.50

Only 1 available


Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Glass, Crystal, Cotton
  • Ships worldwide from Ghana
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