beauty and the bead

waist beadsWaist beads give focus to the female form, definition of bodyline, accenting our shape and emanating inner beauty. Just a glimpse of waist beads offers a secret of the inner beauty and individual truth through the body heat absorbed by the beads, which live and breathe the essence of our ancestors. Beads were personal possession, some of themtaken to the grave as they held the soul.

Elderly woman who had acquired many bead offered them to the oncoming generation through or during initiation ceremonies or rites  passage, conveying beliefs and principles. Waistbeads hold the wearer’s innermost feelings, inside and outside.