One way of having your identity known is through the use of patches. These patches are custom made and come in different types. Woven patches are made from thread stitched in a continuous design. The second one is the dye-sublimated patch which uses various colors of dye to create an image for the patch, instead of the traditional use of thread. Of all types, the one that is considered to be the most traditional is the embroidered. Patches of this type are commonly used for uniforms, hats, and jackets.
Embroidered patches making can be traced back thousands of years, as started by the people from the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and South America. They use patch making to create embellishments for royalty robes and for religious purposes. During those early times, clothing with embroidered patches on them was already considered a sign of wealth since only the elites were the ones who can afford them.
This type of patch was initially handmade, but as industrial developments started in the 20th century, these patches have been created digitally to sustain the market demand. The computerized machines will take care of the patch design to ensure quality. However, manually made patches are still present, showing the traditional stitching methods and designs.
They come in different appearances and designs. Patch sizes vary on the type of art being used. The art is the message that is in your patch. It could be an image (e.g. logo, picture), text or both. Colors are also important for your patch because it highlights the details of your patch design. There are some patch attributes that are based on the purpose of the patch. For instance, patch backing will be based to the type of garment where the patch will be attached.
Today, these patches are used by government officials, sport teams, and organizations or companies for their uniforms to denote position, ranking, or a specialized unit. They are also used by space agencies such as NASA to denote missions completed. This kind of patch is considered as an important identification tool for the military.
In this new world of advertising, being unique and innovative is a challenge. One way of doing that is through custom patches. Adding embroidered patches onto an organization’s uniform will actually help gain revenue. Since uniforms are used to identify an employee, they are helpful in gaining customers. A simple patch on a uniform can assure a prospective client that you are a legitimate employee of a certain company and in return, you will get the client’s trust. Patches are also used to denote recognitions. Having this visible on your clothing will mean credibility.
Embroidered patches also symbolize history. Unlike other custom designs like silk screen, these patches won’t fade over time. Embroidery stitches are made with durability so these can last for a lifetime. Not only do these patches have a unique design structure, they are also great to personalize garments, thus giving your possessions their own identity.
Today, many companies are now offering custom made patches. With these companies, you have your choice to submit your own design, if you have, or you can consult their in-house artists to help you with your design. What is nice about these providers is that they help you by providing suggestions for your patch at no extra cost.
Embroidered patches are now introducing themselves to the world market as a growing industry. As these patches are being widely used, there will be no doubt that in time, they will set a new trend not only in advertising but also in the fashion industry.