Friday 23 November 2012

How to Sew a Fall or Veil

Holy Omega I!

As a follow up to making the Sabbathical dress, I am also adding the tutorial for making your own fall for empress and princess!

Remember this type of wrap is for Sistren who live a more homebased life, or can be made for Sabbathical use:


Friday 16 November 2012

Covenant of Dreadlocks

Blessed and Hola love

I have been busy recently redoing my entire website, making it ready to finally function as an online store. So now in addition to the blogspot and the facebook page, I most importantly have the website which will be home for all my creative works:

If you recall, I posted before on Giving Ises, Scriptures to address emotions and tribulation, True Worship principles, affirmations and so on - such info is all part of a special book the RasTafari Book of Ises which I originally wrote for myself as a daily prayer and Iditation guide - I wrote for myself but addressed it to all RasTafari. I needed something that had all the RasTafari psalms and Word Sound that I and I use in the livity. I needed something that would inspire, pacify, enlighten and invigorate at a moment's notice, something that would testify of the glory of JAH RasTafari Alpha and Omega. But in that work I also included what I then called the powers of Ises, which are really principles that altogether contribute to Kristos Consciousness and the purity of the I in work, worship and within. These powers are all steps along the path of RasTafari, steps back to the GodSelf. Today I wish to share power #20 the Covenant of Dreadlocks in keeping with the Nazirite Vow reasoning:

(20)  Covenant of Dreadlocks

The Lord is on my head like a crown, and I shall not be without Him.
 They wove for me a crown of truth, and it caused thy branches to bud in me.
 For it is not like a withered crown which buddeth not: but thou livest upon my head, and thou hast blossomed upon my head.
Thy fruits are full-grown and perfect, they are full of thy salvation.
” [Sela!]
(Odes of Solomon, Ode 1)

                Any Covenant that a person makes between themselves and their Living God is a strength and inspiration that will help them to maintain their Iritual identity and growth. It will be the thing that defines who and where they are within their faith. For Rastafari the Covenant of Dreadlocks is very important to the Theology and Livity that I and I practice. This covenant aids us in standing firm throughout this movement which takes I and I out of Babylon and onto the shores of Ethiopia-Afrika and into the realms of the holy Order of Melchizedek which was the priesthood anointing of I and I God and King Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen I. Dreadlocks are therefore symbolic of the crown of life, the crown of JAH's Word/Wisdom/WiseMind, and the anointing in the Israelite Melchizedekian Covenant. This Covenant JAH Rastafari leads by His fulfilment of the Books of Isaiah, Daniel, Genesis and Revelation as Shiloh, and the restoration of the houses and tribes of Isra'el. Dreadlocks like hola garments and royal banners of red gold and green, show our sanctification and entrance into the City Gates of Zion to receive the Tree of Life.
                Dreadlocks are physical manifestations of the awakened KrIstos-Consciousness thereby displaying one’s separation from the carnal grips of death, in exaltation of the heavenly or cosmic and natural forces of JAH that give Eternal Life and Peace. The Dreadlocked Crown and Covenant is a sign and derivative of the ancient Nazirite/Nazirene Covenant - a partnership of sanctified, humble separation from sin, death, pollution and evil. Rastafari man and woman form this peace and holaness with JAH when growing their Covenant Locks. Dreadlocks are therefore powerful forces in and for the purpose of giving Ises being reminders of Rastafari's clean principle, livication to Itality and nature, and the God-Head.
                Dreadlocks are a cloak of Black Power, Protection, Truth and the Natural Herbal habits that change and improve our lives. This cloak daily surrounds us and encourages us to be strong and Right. Dreadlocks are our inspiration for change and wellness, because we grow them with the realization that such is our destiny and salvation. Ises builds our strength and exhorts our joy in being set apart with I and I Dread and Ital Livity.
                I and I honour and reverence our Dreadlocked Nazirite Anointing with love, peace, humility, positive words and deeds and Ital Livity. It is our individual glory standing before JAH in Ises. 

Just a small offering for the Sabbatical time,
Senbet Selam - Sabbath Peace
Sis Ila

Wednesday 14 November 2012

RasTafari Creed and Anthem

Blessed Love

I just selabrated my earthstrong two days ago - just giving thanks for life and for having learned many valuable lessons. I look forward to 30 more years ahead with the grace of JAH. I feel clear of where I want to go and what I want to accomplish and I know that serving JAH's people is ultimately it in addition to building a strong family foundation. With all that I have not accomplished, with all that still haunts me - like my student loan debt - I give thanks that I live each day feeling a great measure of contentment, wisdom and optimism. What more could I truly ask for to see it through each day? JAH is always great and there is always a chance to do better once you see the sun rise!

I just want to share some important Word Sound that every Fari should be familiar with. though the versions may sometimes vary here are the RasTafari Creed and Anthem which are our most important word sound for Ises beyond Psalms:

the Creed is opened with the following Psalms:

1) Psalm 1
2) Psalm 121
3) Psalm 122
4) Psalm 133
5) Psalm 24

The Nyahbinghi Creed/
The Shepherd's Prayer of the Holy Piby

Princes and Princesses must trod out of Egypt,
Ithiopians now stretch forth their hands to Haile Selassie I, Rastafari
O' Haile Selassie I of Ithiopia, I'n'I Ivine Majesty,
Thy Irits come into I to dwell in the parts of righteousness.
Lead I'n'I, Help I'n'I to forgive that I'n'I must be forgiven
Teach I'n'I love, loyalty on earth as it is in Zion
Endow I'n'I with thy wise mind, knowledge and overstanding to do Thy will,
Thy blessing to I'n'I O Ras Tafari. Let the hungry be fed, the naked clothed,
The sick nourished; the aged protected, and the infants cared for,
Deliver I'n'I from the hands of I 'n' I enemies that I'n'I must prove fruitful in these perilous days
When I'n'I enemies are passed and decayed
In the depths of the sea, in the depths of the earth or in the belly of a beast
Give I'n'I a place in thy Iverliving Kingdom
Through the Power of the Kings of Kings, Lord of Lords,
Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of Himself and Light of This World,
I'n'I Ivine Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I, Rastafari
First I-ncient King of Iration
The I art the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning Without End, the First and Forever,
The Protector of all human faith and the Ruler of the Iniverse
Thou art the only High Priest of the Order of Melchisedek,
Who Liveth and Reigneth Foriver.
I'n'I hail to I'n'I Father and King Emperor Haile Selassie I, Rastafari !
Almighty I, Rastafari. Great and Thunderable I, Ras Tafari !

The Rastafari Prayer

Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Mother of Creation
Our Father who art in Zion
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done on earth as it is in Zion
Give us this day our daily bread
So let the words of our mouths
And the meditation of our hearts
Be acceptable in thy sight
O JAH our strength and redeemer
JAH who is seated in Zion
And reigns in the hearts of all flesh
O thou Most High eternal Father
Jahovia God JAH Rastafari
Hear us and bless us O Lord
Keep us and sanctify us all
And cause thine holy face to shine upon us thy children
So we shall be saved and redeemed
O thou Most High God JAH Rastafari
Holy King Alpha Selassie I JAH Rastafari
Holy Queen Imega Menen I JAH Rastafari!

The Royal Ithiopian Anthem

Ethiopia the land of our Father,
The land where all Gods and Goddess love to be,
As a quick cloud of might, so they gather,
God children are gathered to thee.

With our Red Gold and Green floating over us,
With our Emperor to shield us from wrong,
With our God and our future to shield us,
We hail and we shout and we sung.

God bless our Negus, Negus High,
And keep Ethiopia free,
To advance with truth and right,
To advance with love and light.
With righteousness set speeding we haste to the calling,
Humanity is pleading one God for us all.

Ethiopians: the tyrants is falling,
Who smote thee upon our knee,
And thy children are lustily calling,
From over the distant sea.

Jahovia the great one has heard us,
He has heard our sigh and our plea,
With a spirit of love JAH has brought us,
To be one through this coming age.

God bless our Negus, Negus High,
And keep Ethiopia free,
To advance with truth and right,
To advance with love and light.
With righteousness set speeding we haste to the calling,
Humanity is pleading one God for us all.

O Eternal God of this ages,
Grant unto our sons and daughters that live,
Thy wisdom knowledge understanding thou give to this ages,
When Isra'el was so in need.

Thy voice through the dim pass has spoken,
Ethiopia shall stretch forth our hand,
By thee all barriers be broken,
And heaven bless our dear mother land.

Love and prosperity!

Monday 5 November 2012

DIY Frill Tube Top & Maxi Skirt Set

Blessed Love Sistren

This tutorial is another skirt set but with a frill tube top and a maxi skirt. The maxi method I use is the same as the one with the pockets which is here, but in this tutorial there is a video on how to make it without pockets.

Now I don't usually wear tube tops out in public without a jacket, wrap or shrug anymore, so you can pair this skirt set with either the shrug tutorial or the Ises wrap tutorial if you care to cover up your shoulders.


2 yards of fabric 58 " or wider
yard rule
measuring tape
sewing machine
how to sew the tube top:

1.The tube shirt is cut on the fold so it has one seam at the back.

It is the same width as the maxi skirt so it is the hip measurement divided by 2 plus 1". So i marked 18" on the fold.

The length of the tube top is from under the arms down to the middle of the buttocks, plus 1.25". The 1/4" is for the seam at the top  and the 1" is for the hem of the top. Mine is 19.25"

so the rectangle for the tube is almost a circle. 19.25x18".

Next cut the frill which is the same width on the fold as the tube top 18". It is 8" tall - this includes the same 1.25" seam allowance for top seam and hemline of frill.

**Of course if you use jersey this hemming of both tube top and frill won't be a problem, just add 1/4" seam allowance to both lengths if not making hems.

2. Zig Zag all rough edges together except the part of the rectangle that would be the hem.
3. Put right sides together on both frill and tube top, and pin in place.
 Make a straight stitch 1/2" from the open edge side of the frill and tube, to make the one back seamline.

4. Iron out seam lines. Make two 1/4" folds at the bottom of the frill and at the bottom of the tube top, to make the hem. Pin in place and sew using a straight stitch.

5. Keep the tube top right side in, and the frill right side in, but insert the tube into the frill, matching up the zigzag edges at the top. Pin.
Sew a 1/4" seam all around the top to join the frill and tube together.

this is what the seam looks like under the frill

6. Flip the tube inside out on the right side and iron the seam down. 

Mark downwards a little over 3/4" and use a rule to mark a striaght line all around the tube.  sew an elastic casing all around the top of the tube. Leave an opening under the frill to insert the elastic.

7. Cut elastic at right size and insertwith a safety pin. Close the casing.

The complete Set

Learn to make the skirt by watching this video:

Wear it with a belt and give it a slight buff.

 Cover up with an Ises Wrap

Friday 2 November 2012

Blessed Empress Coronation Selabration!

Buruk Fikir!

Give thanks for this most hola day, this blessed anniversary of the crowning of I and I JAH as King of Kings and Lord of Lords Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah! This blessed occassion honours not only the King but the Queen of Ethiopia. It is a day for all Sistren to give thanks for their marriages and the Inity and love that they have found in the salvation of JAH RasTafari!

I just want to share my feelings on this occassion to honour the love and holy matrimony our God gave to His Empress with an excerpt of my manuscript:

The sacred reverence with which Husband and Wife treated Their Union and Family and the unique bond shared between King and Queen was even fulfilled on the day of Coronation when Crown Princess Menen became Empress. On November 2nd 1930, The Emperor took His Seat of Power having ordered all new royal attire and diadems to adorn His Queen and Their Princes and Princesses. She was thirty-nine years old and pregnant with Her last child Prince Sahle Sellassie.
It was the first time in Ethiopian Solomonic coronation history that an Empress-Consort be anointed and crowned on the same day as Her King before the same audience. This break in millennia of masculine anointing tradition was done at His request. Traditionally the Consort was crowned in a separate ceremony the following day. Father, Mother and Child (in womb) were publicly united on the Throne of Ethiopia and Judah, taking oaths to honour the Living God and Sovereign Land. At this ceremony the Emperor, showed His submission and love unto His Wife, His Fruitful Queen; but also Their shared union in service or marriage to Ethiopia and the Orthodox Church. The heirs of Her womb, Their princes, were entrusted to do the same.
The Emperor invited nations all over the world to bear witness to this break in hundreds of years of Ethiopian Israelite tradition. In the auditorium where the coronation took place, the King’s throne was decorated in red and gold, while the Queen’s in blue and gold. After Emperor Haile Sellassie I was crowned, Queen Menen entered the room dressed in a matching white silk communion robe. The Amharic version of Psalm 45 verses 9 to 11 was read as a prayer, bringing to mind the fulfilment of her personal journey as a Daughter and Wife becoming a Queen: These three verses were also very prophetical in outlining exactly who Empress Menen was and fast becoming.

“Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.
Listen, O daughter, consider and incline your ear;
Forget your own people also, and your father’s house;
So the King will greatly desire your beauty;
    Because He is your Lord, worship Him.”   
(Psalm 45: 9-11 NKJV)

The Empress was presented with a ring encrusted with diamonds, and then the red and gold coronation robes were placed upon her. The new Emperor received the Empress’ crown from the Archbishop and spoke the following words regarding His Empress,

“As I, with the will of God, have received this crown from your Holiness, I request the Empress to receive this crown and partake in the honor with me. There, I request your Holiness to put the crown on Empress Menen.”
Abuna Kyrilos took the crown from the Emperor and placed it on the Empress’s head as he made a prayer that the crown be one of knowledge and wisdom, sympathy and goodness…After receiving her crown, the Empress went to bow before the Emperor and returned to sit on her throne. Again the anthem was played, the canons roared and the multitude of women outside the church ululated in appreciation for Empress Menen. (Biography of Empress Menen Asfaw, Anjahli Parnell 2011, 41-42)

Have a most blessed and safe selabration binghi Ises wherever I and I trod in the Earth!
RasTafari love and power and supremacy!
Holy Menen I Sellassie I JAH RasTafari!
Sis Ila