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.
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 words and religions are actually of Afrikan origin). To love Afrika is to love self, honour, knowledge, history, and roots.