Baile / Home
Gailearaí / Gallery
Stair / History
Nascanna / Links
Teagmháil / Contact Us

 

Please note that colours may slightly vary due to your monitor/computer callibrations



Crios / Belt

The traditional Irish Léine was hitched up to knee length and held in place by a belt, known in Gaelic as a Crios (pronounced "kriss"). The traditional Crios was made of hand-woven wool of several colours and shades. Although no images have survived showing the Léine worn with the woollen Crios, there are some extant Criosanna (the plural form) kept in the National Museum of Ireland and the earliest date to the mid 1600s. These are unlikely to have been the first of them to be made and they are no doubt of a much earlier vintage. The earliest surviving Irish belt was made of horse hair and has the same type of tasselled ends as we find on the colourful woollen Criosanna of many later centuries.

The Irish Crios survived well into the twentieth century, worn by the people of the Aran Islands. These Criosanna are three metres long and are worn wrapped around the body with one ending left hanging. The other end is simply tucked in to the layers wrapped around. It therefore has no knots or ties but simply held in place by itself.

A wide variety of colours are found in the Irish Crios and we have many examples of this ancient technique. Some have loose fringed ends and some have decorative knotwork. While the three metre long Crios is the archetypal form, we have some shorter lengths which are used as children. Shorter Criosanna also serve as hand-fasting cords and as such are becoming very popular, both in religious and secular weddings. All our Criosanna are hand-made.

Presumably simple leather belts were also worn with the Léine. We occasionally have some of this type for sale.

Criosanna do not have to be worn with traditional clothing. They look fantastic worn with modern jeans, casual trousers and skirts. See examples below.

PLEASE NOTE:

— We use only 100% wool, as our ancestors did.

—- Short Criosanna are suitable for hand-fasting and as a lasting memory of your wedding day.

— Hand-fasting is traditionally part of the Gaelic wedding (Irish/Scottish) custom.

— The Gaelic crios can be worn with modern clothing giving it a cool edge.

— There are approx. 600 feet of yarn in three metres of crios.

— Colour can vary depending on the settings of your monitor.


 

CR001 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Blue, yellow, black, plum and cream

Length: 2.95m

Width: 5cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

CR002 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Red, yellow, green, brown and cream

Length: 2.9m

Width: 5cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

CR003 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Purple, blue, white, black, yellow and cream

Length: 1.40m

Width: 5cm

Price: €55.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR004 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Light blue, blue, yellow, grey and white

Length: 2.9m

Width: 5cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR005 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Red, green, dark green, yellow and biege

Length: 2.69m

Width: 5cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

 

 

 

CR006 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Bottle green, green, grey, orange and black

Length: 3m

Width: 5cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

SOLD

 

CR007 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Red, blue, white, black and biege

Length: 2.96m

Width: 5cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

 

 

 

CR008 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Green, carrot red, cherry, yellow and cream

Length: 3m

Width: 5cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

 

 

CR009 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Red, orange, blue, green, yellow, light brown, cream and white

Length: 1.5m

Width: 5cm

Price: €55.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR010 BM

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Purple, blue, white, black, yellow and cream

Length: 1.40m

Width: 5cm

Price: €55.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR011 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Green, blue, yellow, black and cream

Length: 3.0m

Width: 5cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

SOLD

CR012 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Bottle green, green, grey, orange and black

Length: 2.75m

Width: 5cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

CR013 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Purple, blue, white, black and yellow

Length: 2.90m

Width: 5cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

 

CR014 TH

FMaterial: 100% wool

Colour: Light green, green, grey and black

Length: 2.9m

Width: 4.5cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

SOLD

CR015 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Light blue, blue, red, white and black

Length: 3.0m

Width: 5cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

CR016 BM

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Light blue, blue, yellow, grey and white

Length: 1.38m

Width: 5cm

Price: €55.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

 

CR017 BM

Material: Woolrich

Colour: Green, white and orange

Length: 1.35m

Width: 5cm

Price: €55.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR018

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Turquoise, violet and black

Length: 3m

Width: 4m

Price: €55.00+P&P

SOLD

CR019 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Red, orange, blue, green, yellow, light brown, cream and white

Length: 1.5m

Width: 5cm

Price: €55.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR020

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Green, black, yellow and grey

Length: 3m

Width: 5cm

Price: €55.00+P&P

SOLD

CR021

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Turquoise, violet and black

Length: 3m

Width: 5cm

Price: €55.00+P&P

SOLD

CR022

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Green, cream, yellow and black

Length: 3m

Width: 5cm

Price: €55.00+P&P

SOLD

 

CR023

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Red, white, blue and black

Length: 3m

Width: 5cm

Price: €55.00+P&P

SOLD

CR024 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Light blue, blue, yellow, grey and white

Length: 1.38m

Width: 5cm

Price: €55.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR025

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Cream, red, green and yellow

Length: 1.34m

Width: 4cm

Price: €35.00+P&P

SOLD

CR026

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Green, cream, yellow and black

Length: 3m

Width: 4.5cm

Price: €55.00+P&P

SOLD

CR027

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Red, white, blue and black

Length: 3.0m

Width: 4.5cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

SOLD

CR028

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Cream, red, green and yellow

Length: 1.28m

Width: 4cm

Price: €45.00+P&P

SOLD

CR029

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Turquoise, violet and black

Length: 3m

Width: 4.5m

Price: €55.00+P&P

SOLD

CR030

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Blue, red, yellow, green and cream

Length: 1.5m

Width: 5cm

Price: €55.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/weddings

SOLD

 

CR031

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Purple, black, yellow, blue and grey

Length: 3m

Width: 6cm

Price: €70.00+P&P

SOLD

       

Copyright©AuthorityOfTraditionalIrishGaelicAttire 2015-2020