Most people wonder some ladies most especially the African women and ladies wear waist beads. Some even think that it may be a form of tradition or a symbol of something deeper other than fashion.
In some ways, they may be right but then what exactly are waist beads?, why are waist beads worn and what do they signify? What is the importance of waist beads that is even if they have any? Well, keep reading because this article will do justice to your enquiries and questions.
Waist beads are kind of dangling jewels popularly made with beads and they are worn around the waist. Mostly, waist beads are for women and they are made with beads placed on a string. They are mostly worn around the navel or just below the navel. They are like jewellery that are worn to add adornment and beauty to the women and ladies.
Mostly common among the African women, it is said to be one of their secret sources of appeal. Mostly worn beneath the cloth of a modest African woman, they tend to pop out underneath the cloth maybe while the female is dancing and swirling her waist or while she is walking.
The beads tends to add a lot to her sexually and myths and legends have it that it improves her sexuality. Waist beads didn’t just begin in this century or this generation.
The origin of waist beads go as far back as the 15th century and most people are of the opinion that the wearing of waist beads started in Ancient Egypt but then at this time they weren’t known as beads. Instead they were known as “Girdles“.
Although the meaning and importance of waist beads generally cannot be denied, but then there are colours attached to waist beads which signifies the significance of the particular waist bead and what it was made for or what it stands to represent.
The significance of each colour varies from tribe to tribe and choosing the colours for your waist bead is considered as important as choosing the weight of the beads you want to wear.
Also while choosing a particular waist bead, you must consider the design, the length and how flexible you want it to be. This tip should be noted by all women because it is very important. Below are colours that are mostly used in making beads and what these colours signify.
- Brown colour: Brown colour signifies earth, stability, strength, honesty, comfort, reliability and of course the natural nature of the African woman
- Red colour; Red colour screams sexuality,self-confidence and vitality, intense passion, love, power and immense sexual desire.
- Green colour: For prosperity, fertility, harmony, abundance, nature, growth and hope
- Pink colour: Pink colour stands for love, unity, friendship, appreciation, care, sweet nature, kindness, beauty and tenderness.
- Gold colour: Gold colour stands for wealth, power, high quality, and good health
- White Colour: White colour of waist beads simply means simplicity, purity and innocence, humility, youthfulness, and virginity
- Black colour: Most waist beads that have black colour symbolizes power, protection, authority, and depth.
- Orange colour: Orange waist beads are for warmth, enthusiasm, success and attraction.
There are many uses of waist beads and its importance can’t be over emphasized. They are more than just some pretty beads dangling down your navel. Most people think that it is only the young slim ladies that use waist beads but that is just a misconception.
In Africa, you may even see waist beads on grandmothers and women who are already of old age. There are several uses of beads but then all its uses can be classified into four main uses. The four main uses include:
1. Growth and Maturity
One very powerful indication of how much a woman’s body grows and matures over the years in Africa is with the use of Waist beads. Waist beads help to measure and signify the changes in a woman’s body over the years. Mostly, young females as soon as they attain puberty or hit adolescence are made to wear these waist beads.
This will signify and symbolize that the lady is ready for mating or for marriage as the case may be. They also help enhance the waist and articulate female features which will in turn make them so much desirable to the males.
2. Intimate appeal and seduction
One major reason why most females wear waist beads is for seduction. Females will always want to seduce and give a sense of sexuality to their lovers and spouses. Wives usually use this to communicate their sexual desires by exposing these beads to their lovers.
Some ladies from the Yoruba culture will go the extra mile and add perfumed scents on their beads before wearing it on their waists.
Then they will simply just walk around their mates, lovers or spouses while ensuring that the the beads are swaying and that will in turn drive their partners crazy with desire for them. Awesome don’t you think?
3. Ensuring a good shape of the body
Another major reason while African women usually use waist beads is so as to use it as in indicator in order for them to know if they are gaining weight or losing weight. African women would know if they are losing weight or gaining weight by how free or how tight the waist beads becomes on them after a certain period of time.
This will therefore help them measure their weights and as well maintain them should in case they are okay with their weights. It can also be used as an indicator of pregnancy. Want to know how?
When a woman finds out that she is gaining weight due to how tight the waist bead she is wearing becomes on her, she may decide to go for a pregnancy test if she is experiencing all the other symptoms that comes with pregnancy.
4. Purity and chastity
Waist beads can act as a a symbol of purity. When a young lady wears a white waist bead, this signifies purity and she is only allowed to pull it off on her wedding night and she won’t even be the one to pull it off, it is her husband that is allowed to pull it off after their first sex together.
Are you wondering how to get your waist beads or most especially your sizes?, don’t fret. You don’t really need to be a size 18 before you can get your own waist beads. All you need is to measure yourself appropriately before going to the market to purchase yours. Make sure that while taking your measurements you will stand straight and also you don’t hold your breathe.
Also make sure that there are no clothing around your waists or on your hips while taking your measurements. This will ensure that you get your measurements accurately and hence get the perfect waist bead for you.
Waist beads are not only for African Women, they are for every woman, shape, tribe and race. And so if you are one of those women who loves trying out new stuffs, we encourage you to try wearing waist beads and you just may be amazed at the surprising effects that these waist beads will bring to you.