Guys, I can finally call myself a black African woman business owner!!!!! I make “message in a bottle” unisex jewelry and tokens filled with earth/sand from an African country of your choice! Whether it be your country of origin, or a home you’ve never held, I’m going to help you collect country by country until you can hold a whole continent in your palms. I’m doing this especially for the people who can’t or have not yet traveled to Africa but still want to express their identity or connection to it! Choose anywhere from the land the Queen of Sheba built her kingdom to the grounds Nelson Mandela marched. The same sand that sweeps through the Sahara and courses across the Nile will be soon grazing at your fingertips. Wanderlust, nostalgia, or just for the sake of collecting–get yours before they run out!! Please share, in case someone else is interested!!

Ile is proudly owned and operated by African women.



While in Western cultures, it’s customary for the bride to wear white, to represent purity, that is starting to change. Many Western brides are wearing light off-whites like champagne, blush, and cream (and, of course, “something blue”). However, in many Eastern cultures, it’s common for brides to wear red, a color representing good luck.

Traditional wedding dresses from around the world

  1. Bride in red at a Nikah ceremony (South Asia)
  2. A red Qing dynasty style dress with a phoenix crown (Taiwan, China)
  3. A white kimono with a traditional tsunokakushi (Japan)
  4. A bride in green and yellow during her gaye holud ceremony (Bangladesh)
  5. Bride in a red and gold dress (Morocco)
  6. A white and blue dress with gold accents (Ethiopia)
  7. Jewish bride in her blue dress (Tunisia)
  8. Bride in a green and gold dress (Cambodia)
  9. A Tatar bride in dark green (Crimea)