|Facia – Sash|
The sash cincture, a kind of belt, is worn on top of the cassock (the soutane), with the colour of honour depending on the rank. Its German equivalent would be “Soutanenbinde” or “Talarzingulum” (Talarcingulum). Monks and friar wear a leather belt or a simple string.
In Germany, the term “Zingulum” is used for this belt as well – which is slightly confusing: In fact, the sash cincture is no cincture in the true sense of the word. The cincture is used as a belt to tie the alb. Usually, it is just a plain white tasseled string; according to the liturgical colours, it might be coloured as well. Nowadays, the cincture is not mandatory anymore (AEM 298), yet it is worn in certain cases, according to the making of the alb. Symbolically the cincture stands for abstinence.
A detailed elaboration on cinctures may be drawn from Joseph Braun’s book “Die liturgische Gewandung im Occident und Orient”, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft Darmstadt, 1964, pages 101 – 117.
Colours and materials:
Overall view of the sash of a cardinal
View on the fringes and knots:
Detailed view on the knots:
Detailed view on the fringed ends:
View on the Velcro fastener:
View on the material (red silk with moiré patterns, 15cm wide). There are 13 cm wide sashes as well.