Crios Belt by Jean Moran


Críos belt by Jean Moran. Wool and acrylic mix. The rope yarn in weft is dyed lightly with tea bags. 58 inches x 2.5 inches.

The traditional críos belt was woven with the warp held between toes and hand, with woollen threads acting as heddles and shafts creating the shed, through which the weft goes through. They were very brightly coloured. Today the críos belt is mainly made on the inkle loom.

During the Penal Times of the 17th and 18th century, not only was there a ban on the Irish language, Catholicism, there was a ban on the wearing of traditional Irish dress, which included the críos belt. However, the making of the críos belt was continued on the Aran Islands, off the west coast of Connemara. Both men and women would have traditionally worn the colorful belts wrapped around their waists, with the length of the men’s at 3 meters and the women’s 2 meters, with three braids hanging at the end of each end of the belt.

In the National Museum of Ireland, one can see the traditional críos belt, with the earliest one dating back to 1600.

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