Waist beads, also known as belly beads are an ongoing ancient African tradition. The strands of beads that adorn a woman's midsection, are worn to celebrate different milestones in a child's, or woman's life. Traditionally, they also represent the tribe you belong to, as well as social and religious status.
Waist beads have many functions, not only do they boost your self-esteem and awareness of your body and inherent sensuality, waist beads can also aid in weight loss and maintenance - when you lose weight, they become loose, and when you gain weight, they become tight.
Waist beads are also worn to entice and seduce one's mate, and are known to aid in fertility. Worn by women at different stages, ages, and weight, waist beads can have healing properties when made with intention and healing stones.