Christy Crios – Irish Handwoven Belt – Whitethorn Hedges
This Irish Crios Belt Red-Green is handwoven at Swallow Studios in rich red and green wool. The pronunciation of ‘Crios’ is ‘Kris’. ‘Crioseanna’ is the plural. Traditionally woven from wool of six different colours, the Crios often has a white border. The men of the Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland, wore the crios, bound around the waist of their tweed trousers.
Liz weaves the ‘CHRISTY CRIOS’ on a loom which she inherited from a property clear out in County Sligo. The owner of the shed wanted the two shaft floor loom ‘to go to a good home’. So, Liz happily obliged and used the loom to perfect the design and weaving of ‘the crios’. Liz’s friend and mentor, Kitty Joyce of Cleo Ltd, encouraged her to keep this craft alive. ‘CHRISTY CRIOS’ are handcrafted with beautiful Donegal tweed wool.
In the springtime, the Monaghan landscape is a rolling blanket of Whitethorn Hedges. And in the autumn this rolling blanket is replaced with the rich red of the Haws on the hedgerows. Drumlin Monaghan inspires this lovely rich Christy Crios. The autumnal landscape of Ireland comes alive with the rich red hawthorn berries set against the darkening green of the leaves. This Irish Crios Belt Red-Green is a perfect choice as a hand-fasting braid, especially for Christmas weddings. It is a great choice also to wear with jeans and a chunky jumper (sweater).
72 inches in length
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