Waist beads are a traditional African accessory that consist of small glass beads on a string or wire worn around the waist or hips. They come in different colors and shapes and may also include decorative stones, crystals, or charms.
Waist beads have been worn for centuries by women in many African cultures. In more recent years they’ve gained popularity among women all around the World. Also referred to as belly beads, waistline beads, or beaded waist chains, they are, in African courntries, a symbol of femininity, fertility, sensuality, and spiritual well-being.