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  • Eike Albert-Unt

    Eike Albert-Unt June 13, 2006, 1:01 p.m. (Message 45531)

    sashes - traditionally and in practice

    Hi, just a quick question.  
    
    I hope it is on topic as it has to do with SCD dances. We do not demonstrate
    dances but we like to have good time and sometimes on a more festive evening
    we would like to dress up so that (a) boy(s) wear(s) a kilt and girls wear
    sashes. Our dancing group has now got hold of Estonian-Scottish tartan and
    we plan to make sashes for the girls. 
    
    Is there a rule, how wide a sash should be and HOW it should be worn? Do
    demo groups always wear it in a similar way? There are many websites and
    among them I found this one:
    
    http://www.clangregor.org/history-tartan-women.html#Wearing%20the%20Sash
    
    - which seems to be very strict. Especially if we look at the note, which
    says: "Members of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society have been granted
    permission by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to wear their sashes on the
    left shoulder. This is an honour bestowed upon the Society because she is
    their Patron."
    
    Does this mean that it is bad manners for non-members (as of yet) to wear a
    sash on the left shoulder?
    
    Humbly yours,
    Eike from Estonia
          

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