Waist beads have been worn by West African Women for centuries for many different reasons:
Waist control.(For maintaining and losing weight.)
If the beads get tighter as you continue using them, you will know you are adding weight. Same case to losing weight if they become loose.
Waistbeads are a popular way for women in the diaspora to connect to their ancestors and celebrate their heritage and cultural practices. Today, wearing waistbeads have evolved into a cultural tradition of its very own. Some may say, bead colors have different meaning(s) but this varies from one culture to another.
AFRIBEADS ARE CONNECTED TOGETHER BY SCREW-ON CLASP.
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