A belly chain or waist chain are the popular English terms for the Kamarband/Udiyanam, which is a type of body jewelry worn around the waist. Some belly chains attach to a navel piercing; these are also called “pierced belly chains“. They are often made of silver or gold.
Also, what is a body chain?
Body chains are just that – an accessory made of metal worn on your body. Unlike a necklace or a bracelet that has a defined space, body chains can be worn across your chest, on your back, around your hips… the options are endless.
Just so, where do waist chains come from?
Historians believe the African tradition of waist beads may have originated among the Yoruba tribes, now mainly in Nigeria. But the practice is also seen in West Africa, notably Ghana, where the beads signify wealth and aristocracy, as well as femininity.
Why do they put a belt on prisoners?
When transporting prisoners, leather or nylon belts are often used instead of belly chains to secure the prisoner’s arms at waist level. These restraint belts have a metal ring on the front, through which the handcuffs are plugged and then put on the detainee’s wrists.
Sometimes your waist bead can cut when you’ve added weight, this is totally normal. Waist beads hardly break if you’re using it for weight awareness, it goes above the waist when you start to add weight and when you lose weight, it goes below the waist.
Wrap the belly chain around the prisoner’s waist. The belly chain should be secured at the waist so the handcuffs are positioned at the navel. The length of the waist chain can be modified to fit the prisoner, and an additional lock can be added at the waist.
The body chain is an eccentric form of jewellery, whose origin can be traced to Indian classical and belly dancers, who wore chains of different designs around their belly. Such chains cling onto the body from the neck and go beyond the back and waist.
Measurements and Body Shaping
It is said that the beads shape your body and keep the waist small and hips accentuated. It was (and still is) used as a measurement tool. The beads do not stretch, so if/when the waist beads start to feel a little tight, it’s a sign that there was some weight gain, and vice versa.
African tradition, supports the wearing of waist beads. As such, waist beads, can never be a sin. In the book of Exodus 12:35-36, God instructed Moses to tell all the Egyptians to take articles of Gold, silver and clothing from the Egyptians.
Our beads are made with the best materials to ensure long wear. Make sure they are not too tight, so that they do not break when you bend or sit (or after you eat too much). I personally have worn the same set of waist beads for up to 5 years without taking them off.
Power and protection
The Meaning of Wearing Anklet on the Left Ankle
An anklet worn on the left foot is often used as a talisman or charm. … Anklets worn on the left ankle also signify that you are married or have a lover.
Waist beads have been used by girls to become more aware of their stomach and sitting posture. … Though some people wear waist beads for protection against evil eyes and negative energy (Most waist beads that contain chakras and crystals are used for this), others wear it as a fashion accessory.