The crios belt was traditionally woven and worn by fishermen across Ireland, but particularly on the Aran Islands. It is woven by hand, without a loom, by simply stretching the yarn between two stools or, more traditionally, between one hand and one foot.
Just as every family would knit their Aran sweaters with a particular series of stitches in order to distinguish a fisherman drowned at sea, so too would every crios have its own particular identifying set of colours. The crios would have been worn with a bástchóta(waistcoat) and home-spun, handwoven tweed trousers. During the 17th and 18th Centuries, Ireland came under English Penal Law whereby many aspects of Irish tradition, including religion, language and dress, were banned. It is for this reason that the crios, amongst many other aspects of folk costume, survived only in the remotest parts of Ireland like the Aran Islands. We searched the island to find one of the few remaining crios weavers to make our belts especially for Stable, and are delighted to be able to bring them to you.
100% wool woven by hand in Ireland.
Size 1.8 metres long.
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Love my crois and receive many compliments when I wear it!
Just love my crios, I’m a curvy girl and find it difficult to find belts to fit so this is perfect! Beautifully woven and wonderfully colourful worn over a dress on on a pair of jeans it adds a funky edge to any outfit.
My STABLE Long Island Traditional Irish Crios is unexpectedly colourful and has a flair all its own. I love to wear my Crios with my STABLE Seaweed Green Irish Linen Trousers and proud as a peacock declare my Irish heritage.
Purchased a Crios belt for our handfasting ceremony and it’s gorgeous. The colours are perfect, the design and pattern is sublime and it feels amazing. It was shipped to Australia quickly and arrived safely. Really happy with the purchase.
I was so delighted to find the design for this crios available in my chosen colours of red, blue and white. Stable helpfully responded to all my initial enquiries before ordering. I was thrilled to received the long, beautiful crios - both elegant and study, impeccably wrapped. It feels strong and yet has a silky suppleness, and all the tensile strength imbued into it by the accomplished weaver who created it. It has the feel of a treasure that I shall wear it for a great many years, and that I hope will be worn by someone else after me.
We have striven to create a place of excellence for Irish linen and textiles at our Dublin shop, off Grafton Street. Our shop has become a destination for people from both home and abroad who love the creativity of Irish craft and design.