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Significance of waist beads

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Significance of waist beads

An ornament embraced from the African culture- waist beads have gained popularity amongst women as it is the reflection of sexual appeal, sexual maturity, helps in body shaping and above all is the sign of chastity.

As far as the history of waist beads is concerned, these are centuries old from the 15th century in North Africa and were simply known as girdles. It gained popularity when consumed by the Yoruba tribe in Ghana and Senegal while today the trend of waist beads have been adopted by Sierra Leone and ivory coast.

“Waist beads are a perfect way to embrace the body at any size"

Being made out of glass beads on a string, in Ghana, these are a reflection of maturity, sensuality, and femininity. Years later this also became popular in the US. Ladies across the globe have been buying these as a symbol of beauty, admiring themselves, making the hip imbued with sensuality. Having them ordered from, this beautiful African jewelry is equipped with some extraordinary features, embracing royalty, fashion, body adornment and spirituality.

Myths promoting the significance of waist beads

Being majorly utilized within African societies, there are a number of myths as well as beliefs that enhances and promotes the significance of waist beads. Where majority Ghanaians believe that wearing the waist beads (also recognized as jigida) does not allow the belly fat to appear, ladies within other societies believe that it possesses the power to seek attention with attraction and further helpful in evoking the deepest sexual feeling within men.

“Older African women suggest their newly married young girls wear the variety in waist beads and let the charming flow towards their husbands in order to help them stay faithful”

  • Protection against rapist

At Tadalu, waist beads have been referred to as a powerful tool in serving the magical protection against the rapist. Where any women are confronted by a rapist, she must look for the hard ground surface where she could tear off the bead that will ultimately make the rapist lose his erection.  


  • Serves as birth control

According to the Yoruba tribe (belonging to Nigeria), it is a myth that waist beads hold the power to serve as birth control. As the beads are handmade and are purportedly laced with elegance and charm, these are worn by women in order to prevent the unwanted pregnancies.


  • Cure for convulsion in children

As history reveals that children in Africa have suffered convulsions, waist beads are referred to as the best cure. This was done in a way that woman wearing beads used to take off their bead in a gentle manner and place it over the sick child for approximately 5 minutes and the magic of cure appears.


  • Helps in boosting the positive energy

Handmade waist beads are said to fill up women body and mind with both positive and protective energy and release negative energy. When worn over by pregnant women, these are also referred to as a protective shield for the unborn babies. 


  • Reflection of virginity

In the African culture, waist beads are also a reflection of a girl’s virginity. Living in society, the parent makes sure that their girl starts off wearing waist beads once their menstruation starts. Wearing of a waist bead further is a reflection that she is now ripe for marriage. Her walking style helps others determine if she is the one reserved or not.

Importance of waist beads color

With the spiritual belief in African society, colors of waist beads play a significant role. Some of the widely demanded are as follows;

  • Blue- Tadalu coming up with a blue waist bead is worn as a symbol of knowledge, trust, wisdom, loyalty, faith, peace, healing, and wisdom.
  • Yellow- Tadalu coming up with a yellow waist bead is worn as a symbol of happiness, calm, clarity and joy.
  • Red- Tadalu coming up with a red waist bead is worn as a symbol of energy, vitality, love, power, passion and signals sexuality towards the partner.
  • Pink- Tadalu coming up with a pink waist bead is worn as a symbol of love, appreciation, sweet, kindness, tenderness, romance and a lot more.
  • Black- Tadalu coming up with a black waist bead is worn as a symbol of elegance, formality, protection, etc. not only limits itself to few colors, instead there are many more including purple, green, etc. Knowing that waist beads are also a symbol of maturity as well as growth, we have come with a huge variety and style. Our workers are using their hands regularly for bringing up quality handmade waist beads for the larger targeted audience!

About Tadalu Waist Beads

Our Accessories Are Just As Unique & Diverse As the African Culture! Experience the vastness and uniqueness of the African culture by adopting the centuries-old cultural practice of adorning the waist with impeccably-crafted waist beads. At Tadalu, we aim to inspire women with timeless African values that are uniquely stylish. We also strive to support the African jewelry industry and work with local artisans to provide our clients throughout the world with authentic African waist beads at affordable prices.
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