Last year I was with my cousin and a friend at this Korean bathhouse North of Atlanta and traditionally everyone is nude. I saw this mom with her child and she had beads around her waist. I thought it was so pretty and I had never seen them. Both my cuz and my friend were familiar and explained them to me. They are waist beads from West Africa. I was intrigued by not only the look but also the story behind them.
“The history of waist beads dates back to antiquity. Many believe that the history begins in ancient Egypt where they were called “girdles” and were worn by women as a status symbol. In West Africa, the tradition was made popular by the Yoruban tribe of Nigeria. They are worn as a celebration of womanhood, sexuality, femininity, fertility, healing, spirituality, body shaping, protection and wealth.
Most of the beads we use are from Ghana, which also has a rich tradition of wearing waist beads. It is common for women in Ghana to wear waist beads as ornaments, as well as for symbolic adornment, which serves as a sign of wealth, femininity or aristocracy, as well as spiritual well-being. During Ghanaian naming ceremonies, babies are typically adorned with waist beads, while young adults also wear beads around their waists and on their hips during puberty rites as a portrayal of femininity. These beads are believed to possess the power to attract as well as evoke deep emotional responses.” – From Waists By Wednesday
I was looking for some in Kenya but later realized it’s more popular in West Africa. I decided to look online to find a vendor that sold them. I decided on Waists By Wednesday. She has a variety of colors and she recently had a sale so I hopped on it. I ordered 3 waist beads to start off with:
I loved the packaging. It came super cute and with instructions on how to fit yours to your body. I decided I wanted to wear these for shaping. With these if you get bigger, they roll up and if you lose inches, they start rolling down. I am trying to get my stomach down. I don’t care about how much I weigh at this point, but I want to not feel like I HAVE to wear high waisted bottoms so my stomach doesn’t hang over. I hate muffin top on me :/ . So I decided to wear mine on my actual stomach versus panty line. I did this because when I lose weight, they will go further and further down and I can get excited when I see my progress 🙂 . Everyone loves to see their progress.
So I am starting up here (left) and hope to get to the right image (Thats me sucking in lol). You see the difference though with a couple of inches?
These do not stretch at all so it really is a shaper. My goal is to lose some inches so they fall naturally at my pantyline. You wear these underneath so I do not need to take them off, even while showering. In fact, it isn’t a clasp or anything and I knotted it so it can’t come off easily.
I love them already. I’ve been wearing them for a couple of days already.
Here are some that I really liked:
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