A baldric was a wide, usually ornamental belt worn over one shoulder and around the waist that is typically used to carry weapons and/or denote rank. (Star Trek: Insurrection)

Andorian baldric

Thy'lek Shran, 2151

An Andorian baldric

Purple Diplomatic Escort

A Eminian diplomatic escort, wearing a purple sash and hat

Regent of Palamar

Regent of Palamar


A baldric worn by Chancellor Alrik

In the 22nd century, some members of the Andorian Imperial Guard wore a baldric either over their left shoulder or their right. This Andorian baldric was made of a leather-like material and comprised of two straps (one thick, one thin) connected to a belt.

Thy'lek Shran often wore this baldric, placing it over his left shoulder. (ENT: "The Andorian Incident", "Proving Ground") He was no longer wearing the baldric when he boarded Enterprise NX-01 in 2161, having left the Guard five years earlier. (ENT: "These Are the Voyages...")

Andorians who wore baldrics

Eminian baldric

Regent of Palamar

Valtese baldric

Worn by Chancellor Alrik

Klingon baldric

Worf, 2372

A Klingon baldric worn by Worf

The Klingon baldric was a sash that traditionally went over the left or right shoulder of noble Klingons. It contained the symbol of a Klingon House. (TOS: "Errand of Mercy"; DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire")

Some baldrics were used to hold knives or daggers. (ENT: "Broken Bow")

Worf was allowed to wear a baldric as a member of Starfleet. He wore his over his right shoulder. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint") He removed this baldric from his Starfleet uniform only on a few occasions, including:

This event was in a hallucination that Troi was experiencing.
A scene present in the script but omitted from the episode involved prosecutor Ch'Pok demanding Worf remove the baldric during the trial as he found it offensive due to Worf's then-dishonor.
When Dax and Worf enter Dr. Bashir's office, Jadzia is wearing Worf's baldric over her right shoulder.

He also referred to his baldric as a "sash". (TNG: "Conundrum")

Gul Dukat was seen wearing a Klingon baldric, which he most likely procured from his captured Bird-of-Prey, or as spoils of war in a subsequent conflict. (DS9: "Apocalypse Rising")

Jean-Luc Picard once told Worf to "straighten his baldric" after Worf entered the bridge late for his duty shift. (Star Trek: Insurrection)

Costume designer Durinda Rice Wood wanted to redesign some things on the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation including the baldric of Worf. She came up with a new one, made out of bicycle chains she bought in a hardware store, and Michael Dorn accepted and liked the new one. (TNG Season 2 DVD special feature "Departmental Briefing Year Two: Costumes")

Klingons who wore baldrics

  • Koloth (right shoulder)
  • Kor (left shoulder, later right shoulder)
  • Korrd(right shoulder)
  • Krell (right shoulder)
  • Maltz (right shoulder)
  • Martok (right shoulder)
  • Morag (right shoulder)
  • Torak (right shoulder)
  • Torg (right shoulder)
  • Worf (right shoulder)

Gallery of Klingon baldrics

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