black African waist beads, ready to wear, handmade from recycled glass in Ghana's Krobo region, famous for bead-making and wearing, will make a great gift for a lady
can be used as seed beads too
approx 26.5 inches long
for seed bead users they are 3 mm long and similar width with 1.5-2 mm holes
these are excellent quality handmade recycled glass beads :), please don't compare to factory-made ones.
Cotton cord without a clasp. You can reduce length by removing some beads, and the string has to be tied to secure it. If you need more than 26.5 inches, these are not for you, sorry.
African waist beads are so named because in Ghana, they are worn by women and girls under clothing just below the waist line. Considered private and meant only for a husband's eyes, in some cultures they are given as part of a girl’s dowry. The beads I used come from the ethnic group in Ghana famed for waist bead wearing. Buy authentic :)
It used to be that not every lady liked or wore them. Educated and urban women were less like to own waist beads. In recent years, however, there seems to be a resurgence in interest, a
fashion statement even, in some cases no longer under one’s clothes but visibly above one’s jeans or bikini bottom.
Wear it however you like! It can be worn as necklace or multi-strand bracelet or anklet, even.
you use them as spacer beads too.
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