Custom Patches, throughout history, have proved to be important items for people. Originally used as designs for royals and other figure heads, these small items have evolved throughout history to become something equally as important in the modern day. Now, they are used in various sectors of the government to signify the rank and role of important officers and other leaders. While their importance to the government is unique, patch enthusiasts also use them to commemorate events and milestones, as well as collect them as a hobby—showing the diversity and versatility of these items.
In the early times, they were made as an art form that served as an extension of embroidery—to decorate the clothing and other relics of rich and important nobles.
The detail of embroidery served well for the invention of Custom Patches. These early ones were done by hand, meticulously stitched designs that were difficult to do (thus showing their importance and signifying high status). With a variety of stitches such as the blanket stitch and cross stitch, they evolved to serve an important role in the government. This role is to provide easy identification to officers, leaders, and their employees and subordinates. Other organizations, such as the police force and fire rescue units, also use these items to make it easier for civilians to identify them in case of any emergency it might even save the lives of people.
Custom Patches today are made with more accuracy and precision than ones in the old days, because of the new modern technology that our society benefits from now. Instead of having to draw out designs, we make the designs on a computer and link it to electronic sewing machines to make the process easier and the results qualitatively better. However, we make sure that all the important elements that make up a patch—the fabric backing, the embroidered stitches, the adhesive at the back of the patch—remain the same, the patch standing the test of time.
As mentioned earlier, they may be collected as a hobby or used as commemoration. For example, they may be used to mark important milestones in organizations, or even in a person’s life. In national scouts, they are used to merit achievements in a scout’s career. We may also use them to mark events such as gatherings and parties.
Many collectors also enjoy them, most frequently ones of characters and references from popular culture, but also the ones from the military, government programs, and other private organizations like fraternities. We enjoy them for their craftsmanship as well as the intricate and detailed designs on each patch. They also vary in rarity, which makes it all the more enjoyable for collectors and hobbyists alike.
They are also used by people to identify and support certain causes and charitable organizations to spread awareness on certain issues in society, as well as promote and give support to these organizations finding a solution to many problems that plague the world.
Others simply use these items as a form of decoration, to make their clothing more aesthetically appealing and set fashion trends. Often, these ones are more simple, providing minimalist designs that can be seen from afar rather than the detailed designs that need to be seen up close.
No matter the use, Custom Patches are important (as well as aesthetically pleasing) items that can be used for decoration as well as to signify the importance of certain things in society. They allow for easier and smoother flow of operations in the workforce, as well as provide hours of amusement and enjoyment for collectors all around the world. Evolving from embroidered designs for royals and nobles in the ancient civilizations to the innovations on their manufacture due to technological advancements from today’s modern day and age, they will continue to serve their importance in the future generations to come, as symbols of status, of rank, and of commemoration.