This week we launched the Celtic Suncatcher apparel range, inspired by the spirit of Ireland. If you were to take a road trip through the beautiful emerald isle you will certainly spot a beautiful stone Celtic cross along the way. These beautiful crosses are rich in history and celebrated and commemorated through art and design. One of these being Celtic stained glass suncatchers. It was through this inspiration that this range was born. The main centerpiece of this collection is a ornate Celtic cross which is further celebrated through the intricate knotwork and depictions it is surrounded by.
Celtic art was almost always made up of some sort of interwoven patterns and knotwork; it is said that these knots are complete loops that have no end and no beginning and could be said to represent eternity whether this means loyalty, faith, friendship or love. Only one thread is used in each design which symbolizes how life and eternity are interconnected. These complex designs are used decoratively on a variety of items including, monuments, jewelry, plates, mugs, clothing and even cutlery.
The artwork featured on this apparel range features many different kinds of knotwork and Celtic features, explore the design closely and you will discover, Celtic trees of life within the design. The Celtic Tree of Life is a popular symbol often seen on tapestries, jewelry and on other types of decorations. For the Ancient Celts, the Tree of Life was a symbol of balance and harmony. Trees were a monumental piece of the Celts culture and beliefs, with the Celtic Tree of Life holding great importance. The Tree of Life was a representation of how nature works together in order to create balance and harmony. This idea can be explained by how different types of trees come together in order to make up a forest. Trees have big branches and grow tall, similar to how nature’s forces are widespread and strong. Trees combine their life forces in order to provide homes for countless species. This balance is the concept behind the symbolism of the tree of life.
Other types of Knotwork can also be seen throughout the design including Celtic sailor’s knots which is made up of two intertwined ropes and dates back to the ancient times when the Celtic sailors who spent many months at sea would remember and miss their significant others and weave rope mementos for them. The sailor’s knot is actually two joined knots which symbolizes harmony, friendship, affection and deep love. Symbolizing the union of two into one, the knot stands for the blending of individual lives into one with a common purpose. Though quite simple to tie, it is one of the strongest knots there is and is representative of a bond that grows stronger with time and under pressure. Celtic shield knots can also be seen throughout the design which represent an ancient Celtic symbol of protection. This knot was placed near ill people or on battle shields for warding off the evil spirits or any other danger.
This design so beautifully and respectfully celebrates ancient Celtic artwork and is finished off with a stained irish cathedral glass layout which further celebrates Celtic heritage. We hope you love this magnificent collection of wearable art just as much as we do. We can’t wait to bring you yet another beautiful collection next week!
-Lunafide Team <3