These hand tied Irish hand-fasting chords are made locally by craft artists.
Hand-fasting involves the part that is actually tied into a knot — called the “chord.” Traditionally it was made of rope or dyed cloth, embroidered if the skill and money afforded it. Today it can be anything from silky ribbons, thick or thin chords, fabric taken from heirloom dresses, or basically anything that could be theoretically tied around two hands. The resulting product is usually around a yard in length, allowing for it to be wrapped about the hands a couple of times to mimic the Celtic knot type pattern (Celtic knots in artwork symbolize unity and everlasting).
A wonderful present for an upcoming wedding, vow renewal or anniversary!