Lapis Lazuli + Amazonite Waist Beads: Ariel
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The internet (namely social media) makes the world really small and — ironically — really forgetful. This is why I am not surprised nor do I get excited when I receive a “ What do I use these for?” message instantly after many of my customers purchase their beautiful, hand-crafted body jewelry. I’ve slowly accepted that with rapid, shorthanded sharing via the interwebs comes the watering down of rich traditions. I, probably more than anyone I know, love the seemingly sudden interest in waistbeads. However, I urge anyone interested in making or commissioning a set to take their education into their own hands and ask as many questions as possible. Keep reading to learn how and why African women and girls wear their waistbeads.
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, waistbeads 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 waistbeads 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.
Ways To Use Waistbeads
There are various uses for waistbeads 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
- Celebration of Femininity
- Body Shaping
- Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Child Loss
- Chakra Healing/Alignment
- Seduction/ Attraction
- Protection/Repelling Negativity
- Luck/Abundance/Financial Gain
- Body Confidence/Acceptance
- And much more
I hope this article helps you ask your favorite bead lady the right questions! After you read this article, read some more articles to decide if this tradition is something you even want to partake in. The information is out there. Much love!