THE AKITU COLLECTION
This highly limited collection is named after Akitu, the festival of Spring in Ancient Babylon. Following the first new moon after the vernal equinox in late March, the Babylonians would honour the rebirth of the natural world with celebrations that would last for days. Dating back to 2000 B.C, statues of the deities were paraded through the city streets, and rites were enacted to symbolize their victory over the forces of winter’s chaos. Through these rituals, the Babylonians believed the world was cleansed and recreated by the gods in preparation for the new year and the return of spring; a blank canvas on which to paint your greatest dreams and set your most important intentions. This was a time of great hope and a new lease of life.
To reflect this time of rebirth and celebration, Ennigaldi’s debut designs have been reinvigorated with new light and a fresh palette of pastels such as waking sky, cherry blossom, sunshine, sea-mist and soft tones of grey and white clay. Duo and trio colour combinations have been introduced to the designs within this collection, accentuating the laser-cut motifs within the contemporary silhouettes of the Beltis, Sarpanit and Kulitta and adding definition to the more minimalist models such as the Tiamet, Aya and Nintu.
The Akitu Collection will be available to order from our online boutique from May 16th 2017.
Nintu was the mother of all gods and created humans from clay. Appointed as the creator of humankind, Nintu was the goddess of childbirth, believed to guide infants from the womb and nurture them after birth.
Named after the mother Goddess, the Nintu is a minimalist tote in which you can carry all your creative tools for work and play. Structured from the finest leather in sharp lines, it is lovingly stitched by our craftsmen in Italy. It is elegantly accented with our gold “rod and ring” symbol on both sides, representative of the parallels and continuity which underlines the creative process.
Aya is Akkadian for “dawn” and by the Akkadian period she was firmly associated with the rising sun, love and youth. Known as the Goddess of Light, she represented new love and new hope. As the wife of the Sun God Shamash, she also supported his responsibilities in overseeing justice and protecting travellers.
The Aya is an elegant hold-all for the urban traveller. The perfect size to bring on any new adventure, it will protect your possessions and guard your back while you make your way in the world.
Tiamet was a primordial goddess of the ocean, uniting with Absu, the god of fresh water to produce the first generation of gods and goddesses of Babylon. Merging salt water with fresh water, she symbolised the chaos within the cycle of creation and represented feminine beauty.
The Tiamet is a medium sized tote featuring the Ennigaldi rod and ring symbol and sharp geometric edges. Reflecting the strength and self-assurance of the great goddess of the ocean, the bag is the definition of certainty and order that ultimately rises from the infinite cycle of chaotic forces within the creative process.
Beltis was a Sumerian goddess representing love, Venus, springs and trees. Known simply as “The Lady”, she was depicted facing forward dressed in a fan-shaped headdress with full hips and her hands cupping her breasts, a strong statement in female empowerment and confident femininity.
Boldly accented with Ennigaldi’s rod and ring symbol, signifying respect and wisdom, the Beltis is artfully fashioned in a definite shape that is confident, strong and unique.
A goddess of music, Kulitta accompanied Ishtar’s hymns when she sang passionately of her love for Tammuz. She channelled music and used dance and her feminine charm to will the wishes of others.
The Kulitta is a medium-sized shoulder bag to carry your most treasured essentials. Cut in a unique long geometric shape, it signifies the power of the mind and how magnificent creations can flow from a single wish.
Sarpanit was the wife of Marduk, the chief god and the mother goddess of pregnancy. Her name means “the shining one” and she is often associated with the planet Venus. She was worshipped in the form of the rising moon and her marriage to Marduk was celebrated during the New Year in Ancient Babylon and was often depicted as being pregnant.
The Sarpanit is a beautiful mini shoulder bag to carry your essentials, giving you the freedom to greet new experiences with elegance as each day unveils them.
Mammetu was the Goddess of destiny. She decided the fate of newborns and later recognised as a judge in the underworld. A figure of prophesy, she knew the life-cycle, history and fate of every creature in the universe.
The Mammetu is a streamlined clutch featuring an ornate laser cut motif within the leatherwork, This bag, crafted in the shadow of Mammetu, is designed to carry only your most treasured essentials, the things that matter most when you reach your destiny.