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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 post worldwide.
— 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 an attractive addition.

— There are approx. 200m of yarn in three metres of crios.

— It takes approx. 9 hours to weave one 3m crios.

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


 

CR001 LH

Material: 100% wool

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

Length: 1.41m

Width: 5.5cm

Price: €78.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR002 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Grey, yellow, pink, blue grey, orange and biege

Length: 1.80m

Width: 5.5cm

Price: €78.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR003 LH

Material: 100% wool

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

Length: 1.40m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

CR004 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: White, bordo, red, blue, green and dark green

Length: 3m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

CR005 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: White, grey, bottle green, mint green, green, and light grey

Length: 2.93m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

 

CR006 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: White, light grey, bootle green, light blue, blue and grey

Length: 1.67m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

CR007 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Dark grey, grey, black, green and biege

Length: 1.84m

Width: 4cm

Price: €78.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

 

 

CR008 LH

Material: 100% wool

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

Length: 3.0m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

CR009 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Navy blue, brown, pink, red and white

Length: 2.80m

Width: 6cm

Price: €99.00+P&P

CR010 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: White, light grey, bootle green, light blue, blue and grey

Length: 2.05m

Width: 5cm

Price: €78.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR011 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Dark blue, yellow, blue, white, red and light grey

Length: 1.83m

Width: 6cm

SOLD

CR012 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Black, dark grey, light grey, blue and white

Length: 1.80m

Width: 5cm

Price: €78.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR013 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Lilac, grey, grey-green, black and white

Length: 4.14m, extra-long

Width: 5cm

Price: €120.00+P&P

 

CR014 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Yellow, green, grey, white, orangy red and beige brown

Length: 3.60m

Width: 4.5cm

SOLD

CR015 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Burgundy, peach, light grey, red, mustard and white

Length: 1.35m

Width: 6cm

Price: €78.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR016 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Crimson, brown, caramel, black and white

Length: 3m

Width: 5cm

Price: €99.00+P&P

SOLD

 

CR017 LH

Material: Woolrich

Colour: Green, white and orange

Length: 1.35m

Width: 5cm

Price: €68.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR018 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Red, black and maroon

Length: 1.33m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

CR019 LH

Material: 100% wool

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

Length: 1.50m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

CR020 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: White, grey, bottle green, mint green, green, and light grey

Length: 1.40m

Width: 5cm

Price: €78.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR021 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Olive green, light green, light grey, red, dark blue and white

Length: 1.34m

Width: 6cm

SOLD

CR022 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Dark blue, yellow, blue, white, red and light grey

Length: 1.90m

Width: 6cm

Price: €78.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

 

CR023 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Red, white, blue and black

Length: 3.0m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

CR024 TH

Material: 100% wool

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

Length: 1.80m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

CR025 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Aqua marine, navy blue, grey, white, orange andyellow

Length: 1.42m

Width: 3.5cm

Price: €78.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR026 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Red, black and maroon

Length: 1.36m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

CR027 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Red, blue, black and biege

Length: 2.55m

Width: 5cm

Price: €99.00+P&P

CR028 LH

Material: 100% wool

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

Length: 1.80m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

CR029 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Red, yellow, green,, light maroon, brown and cream

Length: 3.0m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

CR030 TH

Material: 100% wool

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

Length: 1.37m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

 

CR031 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Black, dark grey, light grey, lavander and white

Length: 1.80m

Width: 5cm

Price: €78.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR032 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Grey, orange, green, white, brown, light brown, dark brown and light grey

Length: 3.20m

Width: 5.5cm

SOLD

CR033 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Grey, red, brown, green, blue, yellow and biege

Length: 2.83m

Width: 5cm

SOLD

CR034 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Grey, off white, orange, bordo, green and yellow

Length: 3.04m

Width: 4.5cm

SOLD

CR035 TH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Black, dark grey, light grey, lilac and white

Length: 1.85m

Width: 4cm

Price: €78.00+P&P

Note: Suitable for hand-fasting/ weddings

CR036 LH

Material: 100% wool

Colour: Green, white, black, orange, lilac and biege

Length: 3.10m

Width: 5.8cm

Price: €99.00+P&P


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