Updated: Jun 2
In prehistoric times the Baltic and Finno-Ugric tribes of today's Baltic region honoured their deities of worship with both names and symbols (zīmes). These formed the foundation of Latvian folk art which in turn has formed the rich mosaic of current everyday life, where each symbol has both a meaning and role. Infinite combinations, colours and interpretations of these symbols are expressed in folk costumes, weavings, and other items of adornment, as well as on purely utilitarian objects such as ceramics, wooden spoons, and Baltic jewellery.
Here we take a look at some of the symbols which feature predominately in our products, especially our jewellery, adding traditional meaning to contemporary designs.
AUSEKLIS - MORNING STAR
This commonly occurring symbol in many Indo-European cultures still enjoys a lot of use, although its meaning has largely been forgotten.
Even in Latvia where it was used as a sign of unity during the independence struggle, the symbol has evolved and the original, basic geometric form now incorporates variations of the "Moon and Cross" symbols.
"Auseklis", the Guardian Star, shows the way through darkness and helps protect from evil and misfortune. It is used traditionally during times of war and crisis (such as the independence struggles) but also plays a part in everyday life.