Gabhálais / Accessories

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

Price: €55.00

 

CR002

Price: €55.00

CR003

Price: €55.00

 

CR004

Price: €55.00

CR005

Price: €35.00

CR006

Price: €35.00

CR007

Price: €35.00

 

CR008

Price: €35.00

CR009

Price: €35.00

CR010

Price: €55.00

 

CR011

Price: €45.00

SOLD

 

CR012

Price: €55.00

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CR013

 

Price: €35.00

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CR014

Price: €55.00

CR015

Price: €55.00

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CR016

Price: €55.00

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CR017

Price: €55.00

 

CR018

Price: €55.00

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CR019

Price: €55.00

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CR020

Price: €55.00

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CR021

Price: €55.00

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CR022

Price: €55.00

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CR023

Price: €55.00

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CR024

Price: €55.00

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CR025

Price: €35.00

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CR026

Price: €55.00

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CR027

Price: €55.00

CR028

Price: €35.00

 

CR029

Price: €55.00

SOLD