What Do Waist Beads Symbolize
Waist Beads African Beauty
Ileke or Jigida Yoruba African waist beads symbolize body sculpting, sexuality, and femininity.
Waist Bead tradition of the Southwest Nigeria, Benin, Togo Yoruba Tribes
Beads are among the most interesting symbols in Yoruba African culture. The colors and sizes, the significance of the materials chosen for the waist are subjective; the person making the waist beads symbolize their perception, experience, feelings, beliefs, desires, and influence.
Weight Management and Waist Beads.
Some women use waist beads to watch their weight, ( check out our African food recipes ) as in when it is tight on them they will know that they are gaining weight. Unlike clothing, the strings do not stretch; they break or roll up the waist with increased girth. So in an absence of scales as a means of weight measurement, tight waist beads indicate weight gain.
Bone Waist Beads.
Clay Waist Beads.
Waist Beads are Intimate Private Jewelry.
It is considered distasteful when waist beads are shown in public. In many cultures, the waist beads symbolized a young woman’s purity and were only to be taken off by her husband on their wedding night. Most waist beads are worn under clothing and are a private affair.