Christy Crios – Irish Handwoven Belt – ‘On an apple-ripe September morning’
This Irish Crios Belt Yellow-Green is handwoven at Swallow Studios in apple ripe autumnal tones 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.
“On an apple-ripe September morning
Through the mist-chill fields I went
With a pitch-fork on my shoulder
Less for use than for devilment.”
Patrick Kavanagh’s poem, ‘On an apple-ripe September morning’ is the inspiration for the colours of this Christy Crios. John McArdles voice speaking the poem resonated in Liz’s head as she put the colours together and so this Christy Crios was named. This Irish Crios Belt Yellow-Green is a perfect choice as a hand-fasting braid, and perhaps extra special if you have a connection to the Orchard County of Armagh. It is a great choice also to wear with jeans and a chunky jumper (sweater).
72 inches in length
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