I've seen a lot of women who wear chains and necklaces on their bodies, some on one leg and some on both, and I've always wondered what it means to put on chains on the legs.
I was really interested in knowing what this meant, so I chose to ask just a few women.
These are my findings.
An anklet is a piece of jewelry that fashionable women wear around their ankles as a fashion statement. It usually consists of a chain or beads, or both. Nigerians refer to it as a 'leg chain' or a 'ankle chain.' In popular culture, it's even known as a "ankle bracelet." They often come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Anklets, on the other hand, have connoted various meanings to different cultures across history, and indeed, in certain cultures — ancient or contemporary — it does mean promiscuity.
According to one woman with whom I spoke, it would be fashionable for those who wear it to follow trends because they had seen many celebrities wear it and assumed it was a trend for them to follow as well. Some people, on the other hand, were blissfully unaware of it.
They were often worn by married women in India to differentiate themselves, while dancers wore the ones with dangling bells.
Early ways of usage can also be traced back to predynastic Egypt, where it was used to distinguish between rich and poor people. Gold chains were worn by the wives of wealthy men, while slaves, the poor, and plebeians wear silver, metallic, or leather anklets.
When a woman wears a chain around her leg in Nigeria, it is considered prostitution, and any man who sees her wearing it assumes she is a prostitute. Nonetheless, according to Wikipedia, when a woman wears a chain around her neck, it indicates that she is married, but also that she is married but available to other people to support and encourage her boyfriend.
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