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  • Pia Walker

    Pia Walker June 13, 2006, 2:10 p.m. (Message 45534)

    RE: sashes - traditionally and in practice

    Except - are Bugblatters of scottish descent?
    You have to come to YOunger Hall these days Anselm - they don't even wear
    white dresses anymore - although the men still wear kilts :>)
    Eike - wear it any which way you want - I have started to wrap it round my
    middle - belt style - hides a multitude of sins {choclate, cream puddings,
    middleage spreads etc).
    I once saw a lady in America wear a sash hiding her dress neckline to the
    front, fastened with two brooches - one on each shoulder - with the ends
    hanging down her back - that looked fantastic.
    For dem. purposes, we wear the sash folded - one end longer than the other -
    gathered with a brooch and fastened to a shoulder - the same side shoulder
    for all and one end carried over to the opposite side on the back - it looks
    good when dancing when the end of the sash flows freely behind you.
    I personally do not like the wrap around style, where you start at a
    shoulder and cross over the front to end up back at the same shoulder - it
    is all right if you are flat as a board, but the minute you have curves both
    in expected and unexpected places - you can bet your last dollar that the
    sash will sit and emphasize just there.
    -----Original Message-----
    []On Behalf Of
    Anselm Lingnau
    Sent: 13 June 2006 12:25
    To: SCD news and discussion
    Subject: Re: sashes - traditionally and in practice
    Eike Albert-Unt wrote:
    > Does this mean that it is bad manners for non-members (as of yet) to wear
    > sash on the left shoulder?
    In a nutshell: Wear your sash whichever way you fancy, unless there is a
    danger of running into anal-retentive retro-Scots who are sticklers for »the
    rules«. (This danger mostly exists at highland games in the US of A.) If you
    are an anal-retentive retro-Scot etc. yourself, wear it on the right
    unless you are a clan chief or commanding officer of a Highland regiment,
    spouse of such, or RSCDS-style country dancer, in which case wear it on the
    left shoulder. Otherwise you might wrap it round your head in case you
    encounter the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.
    There has been lots of discussion in this forum as to exactly why the late
    Milligan recommended the left shoulder for a lady's sash but as far as I
    recall we didn't get to the bottom of it. It is best to let common sense
    rule, such as when you're a formal demonstration team all the sashes should
    be in the same position (and in Younger Hall, probably on the left
    I have yet to attend an event where ladies had to present their RSCDS cards
    prove the appropriateness of their sash shoulder.
    Anselm Lingnau, Frankfurt, Germany .....................
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