Ila Designs






For I, aside from becoming a Mother, the trod as a Rastafari Wombman really blossomed as I became a self-employed business woman- - and my contribution to the household relied on my diligent nurturing and use of dormant creative talents. As I learned to create the things that could represent my feelings, ideas and culture through clothing, home decor, art and writing, ILA "I Love Afrika" Designs was born.
"I Love Afrika" are three words that truly drive and inspire me, everything I create is just a step to greater works. "ILA" keeps me grounded in my faith and everything I make is with a vision of a better way of life. 

 How did it all start?

I lived in Canada and went to Trent University where I did Environmental Resource Studies with International Development Studies. In university I would make earrings for myself and friends, but it was for fun. When I graduated I had trouble finding a permanent position in Barbados with my degree. Because I Sighted Rastafari I found myself wanting to be self-employed more and more instead of dealing with the hardships of a "Dread working inna Babylon." I decided to get creative again and out poured crochet bags and tams, and clay hand-painted earrings, and beaded earrings. I came up with a brand name and registered it as  business. Orders started coming in, and I was encouraged to improve and keep going.
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What does the Word and acronym ILA mean?



ILA - an acronym I Love Afrika 
but it also is a word
Ilah - a Rastafari word meaning wonderful, beautiful, holy and blessed which describe perfectly where my inspiration comes from. The Rasta word Ilah is rooted in "hola" which is an ancient Ethiopian word for holy.
 My Rastafari Name Ila Addis means "Holy, Blessed, Beautiful, New," all attributes of a Righteous Handmaid of JAH. My Fari Name is indeed my inspiration and guiding light to the person I wish to be and become, and also determines the nature of my brand. The Ila Wombman is one who embodies these characteristics also.
Being Rastafari entails loving Afrika a lot and in many ways - the way I and I walk, dress, eat, worship, speak and create music, fashion and art are all rooted in Afrikan tradition and origin. (For ensample, many Jamaican wor​ds and religions are actually of Afrikan origin). To love Afrika is to love self, honour, knowledge, history, and roots.




Give thanks to JAH for all that I am able to achieve! 




 
  










 








 

22 comments:

  1. blessed sistren , beautiful work check out my work as well on face book, soft love hand made cultural accessories as well as my family farm local lands on face book or our new upcoming site www.locallands.net
    YAH BLESS ALWAYS SISTREN
    blessed love
    sistren Masoorayah
    email : maso_y7@yahoo.com

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    1. Yes I, give thanks Sis Masoorayah. Jah's blessings on your works and endeavours as well. JAH love and Itection

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    2. BLESS SISTREN,MUCH THANKS&PRAISE ALWAYS TO THE MOST HIGH, AND BLESS TO YOU SIS FOR ALL YOU DO, IT GOES NOT UN APPRECIATED!

      LINK UP SOON
      SISTREN MASOORAYAH (MASO_Y7@YAHOO.COM)

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    3. Give thanks Sis Masoorayah! Your kind words are much appreciloved! Blessings and power

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  2. ALSO SIS HOW CAN MI ORDER A SKIRT FROM YOU? (MASO_Y7@YAHOO.COM)

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    1. Generally I will make a listing for the I based on what you request in my etsy shop and from there you will purchase.I will make it and then ship it off, bless!

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  3. Salam Sister, the link for www.IloveAfrika.com is not working. Is there another link I can use to send people to your shopping page?

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    1. Greetings
      The site can be viewed at www.iladesigns.wix.com/iloveafrikadesigns
      But to shop it is www.etsy.com/shop/iladesigns

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  4. Blessed Love sista Ila your works and word sound are an inspiration to InI as a young dawtah in the livity of Rastafari...intinue your works as they are well need..blessings and love forward....Jah Rastafari!!!

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    1. Give thanks Juana - more love and progress to I and I!

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  5. You truly are an inspiration.

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    1. JAH, Life and Light are the inspiration for us all Sistren, give thanks! more love forwarding to the I

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  6. Can make me a crochet bag pack, because I man dying to see one so I can buy but I cant see any no where at all. Link mi up please

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  7. what happen 2 ur site

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  8. I don't know?www.iloveafrika.com

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  9. Salam sister and Aloha from Hawai'i. You are such an inspiration and I am blessed to have found you and to hear of the good news. I am also a new mother and you have provided me with more than I could have ever asked from another woman. Truth and light. Your designs are beautiful, you are very talented :-)

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  10. Sela and thank you so much for your words! Congrats on your new motherhood! Embrace it and just full joy the love you will share with your seed. Blessings and peace

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  11. stay blessed and increase......

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  12. I love your work.I'm so inspired.Blessings

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  13. Bless up and keep doing your great work down here Queen

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  14. Bless up and keep doing your great work down here Queen.

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