What Are Waistbeads?

Chana in Waistfetti Waist Beads

They're Old, Honey!

There is nothing new under the sun; especially meaningfully adorning our bodies. That is why when people refer to or dismiss waistbeads as a “fad” or a “trend” I cringe a little. With origins in West Africa, waist beads have been worn by African girls and women for centuries. With the emergence of the internet, more specifically social media, people all over the world have shared in the Pan-African tradition of making and trading waist beads. As a Black touch healer and visual artist, I feel it is extremely important to continue both the tradition and education around the sacred practice of exchanging HAND MADE waist beads. There are various uses for waist beads and I am honored to have been commissioned by over 2,000 unique clients to craft, conjure and customize a set for almost every cause and occasion.  Keep reading to learn how and why women and girls wear their waist beads. 

Ways To Use Waist Beads

There are various uses for waist beads and I am blessed and honored to have been commissioned by over 2,000 unique clients through Aliwaza’s to craft, conjure and customize a set for almost every cause and occasion.  My clients have commissioned made-to-order sets for one or more of the following occasions/ reasons/ situations: 

 

  • Rites of Passage
  • Weight Management
  • Bridal
  • Celebration of Femininity
  • Body Shaping
  • Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Child Loss
  • Chakra Healing/Alignment
  • Beauty/Vanity
  • Seduction/ Attraction
  • Protection/Repelling Negativity
  • Luck/Abundance/Financial Gain
  • Body Confidence/Acceptance 
  • And much more. 
Chana in Black Obsidian Crystal Waist Beads: Full Moon Bandit
Aliwaza's Amazonite + Lapiz Lazuli Waist Beads

Why Are Aliwaza's Waistbeads Special + Magical AF

Well,  sis, every time you purchase from our website (or slide in our Instagram dms) you do so with the assurance that your crystals are authentic and ethically purchased/traded, your waist beads are made by hand (and by me) with skill and intention, and your waist beads are crafted by a knowledgeable touch healer who only crafts in good spirits.) What does all of this mean? Well, sis, jewelry, especially heavy metal and crystal jewelry worn on the skin absorbs, carries and transfers energy. I will not send out any waist beads that have not been cleared, cleansed and intentionally strung. Additionally, you may add a note when purchasing to help me craft with even more intention. Aliwaza’s is a body positive and inclusive bran, so, all customers/clients pay the same price no matter their waist size. Finally, your waist beads are custom cut to fit your body even without you being present. Magic. 

We hope you’ve learned a little or a lot in this brief article. Look out for future posts on waistbeads and more! SHOP WAISTBEADS HERE!

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