Aristocratic and republican use
Latin America and some countries of
Africa, a special
presidential sash indicates a
president's authority. In
Italy, sashes, featuring the national flag
tricolours and worn on the right shoulder, are used by public authorities and local officials, such as legislators, in public ceremonial events.
Sashes traditionally form part of formal military attire (compare the sword-belt known as a
baldric, and the
cummerbund). Most of the European
royal families wear sashes as a part of their royal (and/or military)
orders such as the
Légion d'honneur include sashes as part of the seniormost grades' insignia. Likewise Italian military officers wear light blue sashes over the right shoulder on ceremonial occasions.