African waist beads, ready to wear, handmade from recycled glass in Ghana’s Krobo region, famous for bead-making and wearing, will make a great gift for a lady
they are perfect as seed beads in other projects too.
these are excellent quality handmade recycled glass beads, colours do not run, quality way better too
approx 3.5mm wide, 3-3.5mm long, 2mm holes
Cotton cord without a clasp.
one strand, approx 34 inches long. You can reduce length by removing some beads, and the string has to be tied to secure it, in the traditional Ghanaian way.
African waist beads are so named because in Ghana, they are worn by women and girls under clothing just below the waist line. Considered private and meant only for a husband’s eyes, in some cultures they are given as part of a girl’s dowry. The beads I used come from the ethnic group in Ghana famed for waist bead wearing. Buy authentic 🙂
It used to be that not every lady liked or wore them. Educated and urban women were less like to own waist beads. In recent years, however, there seems to be a resurgence in interest, a fashion statement even, in some cases no longer under one’s clothes but visibly above one’s jeans or bikini bottom.
Wear it however you like! It can be worn as necklace or multi-strand bracelet or anklet, even.
“I received my waist beads and I LOVE them! They arrived much quicker than I expected. Also the bead quality is nice; they r very small, yet “weighty” so I can feel them on my hips”