This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Sash. [From Turk shash] An article borrowed by the English crusaders from the turbans of Orientals, only being disposed about the waist instead of the head. Sashes were originally worn by army and navy officers made of crimson satin, so that the other garments might make a more splendid appearance.