"Red Light District" waistbeads
"Presented to young women and girls by their mothers, grandmothers and aunties, as a symbol of coming of age and other major life moment. African women wear waist beads to help with weight control, to keep a feminine shape and train the stomach. When scales weren't easy to come across waist beads were used to calculate and keep track of weight loss or gain. If the beads started to squeeze and/or roll up the stomach -weight was being gained. If beads begin to fall down to hips, that is an indication of weight loss In West Africa waistbeads were also worn as medicine and for religious purposes and used to denote status, protection,wealth and position. Most of the beads we carry are source and inspired by Ghanaian and Nigerian styles of beads. Waistbeads were treated as a private adornment, *believed to possess the powers to entice and entrap the opposite sex* and meant only to be seen by a woman’s husband. Waist beads are now widely worn in the western culture by women of all shapes and sizes, for their beauty and the female essence they invoke."