A painting of Captain Kidd with a red sash around his waist.

A sash is a large and usually colorful ribbon or band of material worn around the body, draping from one shoulder to the opposing hip, or else running around the waist. The sash around the waist may be worn in daily attire, but the sash from shoulder to hip is worn on ceremonial occasions only. Ceremonial sashes are also found in a V-shaped format, draping from both shoulders to the stomach like a large necklace.

Aristocratic and civilian use

Prince Louis, Duke of Nemours wearing a red sash (Legion of Honour) together with his ceremonial military uniform. Date 1840s.

In Latin America and some countries of Africa, a special presidential sash indicates a president's authority. In France and 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) regalia. Some 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.

Other Languages
dansk: Skærf
Deutsch: Schärpe
Esperanto: Skarpo
한국어: 현장 (표장)
עברית: אבנט
lietuvių: Juosta (apranga)
Nederlands: Sjerp
Nedersaksies: Sjarpe
پنجابی: ساش
polski: Szarfa
русский: Перевязь
Simple English: Sash
slovenščina: Lenta
žemaitėška: Jousta
中文: 飾帶