This waist bead collection was inspired by the powerful women and queens who shaped the history of the African continent.
Waist beads are a feminine tradition found in various cultures around the world including South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. In Ancient Egypt women wore several layers of waistbeads called girdles. Today, waist bead wearing is probably most popular in West Africa, especially in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal. The beads symbolize beauty, femininity, spiritual protection, seduction, weight monitoring and waist shaping. Today waist beads are commonly worn for fashion as well.