Long before the world became as it is today, there was no Day and no Night. Time floated by in one complete entity, undivided by the shiftings of light. You may have taken Night for granted, and assumed it to be merely another natural wonder, but she is a celestial being, who’s purpose is to measure time for humankind and indeed all other creatures in the nine realms of Norse cosmology.
But let’s start at the beginning. Night was born the only daughter of one of the first giants. She was black and dark, and her hair was the colour of ravens. Her first marriage produced a son, as dark and mysterious as his mother. His name was Auðr, meaning ‘prosperity’. Night married again, this time giving birth to a daughter whose name was Jörð, meaning ‘earth’. Finally, in her third marriage, Night had another child – Dagr, Day, a son so fair and bright that the goddesses and gods agreed to divide what we now know as “time” between Night and her son. Both were given a horse and carriage, Night set out first, travelling at high speed. At the break of day, you may find the drops of foam from her horse Hrimfaxi’s muzzle in the form of morning dew in the grass.
Also, in order for all creatures to reckon the year the goddesses and gods held council and assigned Sól, ‘Sun’, and her brother Máni, ‘Moon’ to join Night and Day in their travels over the skies. As long as they continue to elude the fearful wolves Sköll and Hati, who are always in pursuit hoping to devour Sól and Máni, all realms are safe from the void of nothingness.
Therefore, in this time before remembrance, it was known that Night always comes before Day, and when you begin to feel the dark surround you, remember that she is part of an exquisite collaboration of deities racing through the skies creating something invaluable out of oblivion.
Great stories shape great people
The Night & Day story reminds us that to bring structure to chaos all must pull their weight, making your Soldiser design a symbol of the importance of collaboration, the fundament of every miracle.
Behind every great design is an even greater story
The story behind the Night & Day collection is based on references in the poems Alvíssmál, Vafþrúðnismál, and Giriminsmál in the Poetic Edda. The Icelandic scholar Snorri Sturluson harmonised various concepts of the legend and formed one of the more famous myths, which can be found in the Prose Edda. According to Snorri, Night was "black and dark", just as her ancestors and her son Day was "light and fair after his father". The people of ancient Scandinavia did measure time in number of nights, as the word fortnight still reminds us. They also explained the lunar and solar eclipse with the wolves having finally caught up with Sól and Máni and devoured them. Luckily, as we are aware, the deities always manage to escape, perhaps due to their exceptional horses. Day’s horse is named Skinfaxi, ‘light-horse’ and illuminates the whole sky and earth with its mane, and Sól’s stallions are called Arvakr and Alsviðr, ‘early awake’ and ‘very quick’.
Designed with an abundance of enchantments
In ancient Scandinavia, the patterns on fabric often carried a symbolic meaning or told a story, just as each Soldiser design does today. Indeed the Scandinavian people even believed that woven patterns were a magical way to manipulate the future and impact the turnout of major endeavours. That is why each design is bursting with elements of symbolic significance. For example, the rune word in this design is transcribed to allr – meaning whole, complete and dedicated in Old Norse. Apart from the many goddesses and gods, the old sagas also tell tales of plants and animals with supernatural powers, as well as women and men receiving guidance and protection from deities showing themselves in animal shape. For this reason, your Soldiser design includes several plants and animals, most of which are listed as endangered in Scandinavia. The Night & Day design features nocturnal species such as Caprimulgus europaeus, European Nightjar and Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa, European Mole Cricket. The flowers all have names alluding to night or day, such as Solanum villosum subsp. miniatum, commonly known as Red Nightshade.