These decorative waist beads feature an unbroken string of colorful glass trade beads that accent feminine curves.
The traditional African accessory consists of small glass beads on a string or wire worn around the waist or hips. In Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and other West African countries, they are a symbol of femininity, fertility, sensuality, and spiritual well-being.
Can be worn singly or in layers. String tied ends - no clasp.
Sold as single strand. Fits up to a 42” waist.
Made in Nigeria
To wear: Wrap your full strand of waist beads around your waist along your pants line (or however high up you want to wear the beads). Remove any additional beads by pulling them off the string. Tie 3-4 tight knots where the beads end. Cut close to the knot leaving 1/2cm or more then burn clipped ends with lighter.
Meaning of Waist Bead Colors:
- Gold: good health, power, wealth
White: light, truth, purity
- Blue: healing, harmony, insight, truth
Red: vitality, passion, bravery, confidence
- Brown: earth, stability
Green: prosperity, fertility, abundance, hope, healing
- Purple: spirituality, wisdom, royalty
Yellow: wisdom, clarity, awareness, energy, joy
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