African Waist Beads

I’m sure many of our readers are wearing these beautiful beads around their waist. It is a trend that is spreading in the Western World, a trend that is put on display, especially during the summer.

Originally these “belt of pearls” in various African countries had many meanings and uses, let’s see some of them.

– They were used in some African countries  to control the body weight, in fact if you are gaining weight the “belt” of pearls climbed upward while if you are losing weight it will  elegantly fall on the hips

– In other countries,  the beads are worn once you enter in the right age to get married and have a family

– They were a symbol of extreme femininity and sexuality, that’s  why they were kept hidden under clothes and only your partner had the honor of seeing them

– There are beads that are worn by babies and other only by mature women

So girls tell us what is the significance of these beads in your country, do you wear any of them? Will you let your daughters wear them? How is it called in your language?

Ruth Maccarthy



'African Waist Beads' have 4 comments

  1. Tuesday November 4th, 2014 @ 08:40 PM pamela mapulanga

    In our country we use those small beads.And the most important colours a married woman should have are RED BLACK AND WHITE.each have a meaning.

    • Tuesday November 4th, 2014 @ 09:31 PM Ruth Maccarthy

      do you know the meaning Pamela! Red is a very popular color in Africa which mostly means love, passion, fertility and royalty

  2. Friday November 21st, 2014 @ 01:44 AM Sina

    The beads are called ZIKIDA in Kongo.(lingala).
    Natural beauty of our land!

  3. Wednesday March 4th, 2015 @ 08:43 PM Jak

    In my country Ghana, de waist beads are worn to you to give one a very beautiful body shape. But one strange thing abt de waist beads is, when a man tries to rape a woman n the woman tear her beads, de man will loose erection instantly

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