Post # 1
I recently went to Senegal and purchased some waist beads, which are typically worn by women in West Africa. Fiance loved them, (and no, I don’t have a six pack or 26 inch waist ) they are worn by women of all shapes and sizes, and are sensual and a symbol of fertility.
I just found a site with really nice custom made ones I think I am going to get some fancy ones for my wedding night- what do you all think ?
any African sisters chime in please, elaborate on the significance if you can:
Post # 3
I’m not AA, but I think those are gorgeous and sexy and that it’s really a great idea to get some special ones for the wedding. I wouldn’t wear the ones you already have again until the wedding (maybe you could tell Fiance you lost them) so that the wearing them on the wedding night will be even more…ah….”special”.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
My friend went to Senegal and brought some of those back for me, I love them too! But sadly, don’t know much more about them than what you already said…
Post # 5
I think they were traditionally considered as protection against becoming pregnant. Or else general protection. I’ve seen them on little little kids so there it really isn’t sexual. However, there is a popular song about the noise they make during sex… I can’t remember the name of the song.
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the ones worn by kids are different from the ones worn by grown women,, and african men dp find them sexy
Post # 8
I am Ghanaian, and I grew up wearing waist beads.. I still wear them and Bells is absolutly right; waistbeads worn by little girls are very different from those worn by grown women.
Im not sure about other cultures, but in Ghana for kids, they are worn soley to monitor the childs growth- ei how fast they child is growing= how often you have to replace the beads and also to ensure that the child/baby is not ill/ losing weight. For children waistbeads are typically worn right around the waist- an inch or so below the belly button. Waistbeads for children are also usually plain or colorless.
However for women, waist beads are worn much lower on the waist then than children do. Ghanaian women usually wear them right above the hips and butt, and may usually wear two matching strands at a time. Some women wear up to six strands of tiny beads at a time, For women waisbeads come in differnt styles, colors and sizes. Waistbeads for women are difinetly sexy and look great on all shapes and sizes. The idea is when you have someone to “play” with your beads, then you care how them look, hence the different styles etc.
Im not sure what the actual “significance” of waistbeads is for women in Ghana apart from really something “special” for your man to play with. some ppl swear it smbolizes fertility… but I’ve never heard of them being worn fo protection, especially not against pregnancy- from what I know its quite the opposite, but other cultures may be different.
Men DO love them cos its exaclty like lingerie.. something special you wear just for them. My fiance loves that I wear them and if he knows I have them on and we are out in public and he puts his arm casually around my waist, I can always feel him discretly feeling for them LOL!!
to answer you question, YES I think they work great as wedding night lingerie
Post # 9
I found this all very interesting- they are beautiful!
Post # 10
@mame:very interesting! My Fiance lived in Africa for some time when he was growing up, I wonder if he knows about these…sounds like something he would like!
Post # 11
Im not African but a friend of mine introduced waist beads to me (shes from Serra Leone) as a weight loss tool. She said her mother use to have her and her sisters wear them in order to keep their stomachs flat and as a way to be mindful of what you eat. Now through my own research I have found that they are a symbol of fertility but i wear 3 more for weight loss reason sorry if this offends anyones
Post # 12
I’ve been to Senegal a few times and my host sisters all wore these! They’re called bin-bin, at least in the part of Senegal where I was. They’re really cute, and as far as my host sisters told me, they’re just worn to be something sexy hiding under your clothes. I’m definitely picking some up next time I go bacl!
Post # 13
I am East African and in my culture, they shape the waist but most recently they are used intimately only for your husbands eyes and its belived a woman who knew her way in the bedroom using these beads would entice the man into endless pleasure. I dont use them to shape my waist so I wouldn’t know but in they come out on special nights for Fiance and let me just say 14yrs going strong….. lol
Post # 14
I’ve been meaning to get some waistbeads for YEARS now and just haven’t gotten around to it. This thread reminds me that I definitely need to get a set for my wedding. Culturally, this is far more meaningful to me than a lace garter.
I will also be scenting them by dipping them in essential oil. I’ll mix the blend after I do some more research on what scents will umm…cause the effect I’m looking for. *blushing face*
Post # 15
My family is Nigerian and none of the women wear these (or at least no one ever told me about them). 🙁 I randomly discovered this part of Yoruba culture back when I was in uni, and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. 🙂 Off to Etsy I go…
@Overjoyed: I love the idea of substituting them for a garter.
Post # 16
so after a full evening of googling, Ive decided to make my own waistbeads! I’m doing a 3-strand draping design. I picked up some seed beeds from the artisan marketplace and I’m ordering some 14kt gold filled beads as well of mother of pearl and bronze beads online. I picked out a copper clasp and some meaningful pendants (think charm bracelet). I’m really excited about this, so I’ll keep you ladies updated on my progress!