A patch may be compared to an I.D. Card in the manner that both are used for identification purposes. Identifying members of a group is easier with the use of patches. A patch may either be a piece of embroidered cloth or a printed cloth itself. Patches are attached to another cloth say garments or bags by sewing, by the use of adhesives, or now by the use of Velcro. Many years ago, the use of patches are limited to just covering ripped parts of clothes and identifying people specially those members of a group or an organization.
The use of patches dates back to thousands of years ago when the Indians, Arabs, Chinese, South Americans, and those at the Mediterranean started the use of cloth stitches on fabrics. During those days, custom embroidered patches were attached to the garbs of royalties and even religious icons for identification. Different ranks of royalties were easily distinguished with those patches on their garments. Soldiers’ ranks and names were identified through patches stitched to their uniforms.
With the passing of time, uses of patches were fundamentally changed because they invaded the fashion world. In the middle of the 60’s and in the outburst of protests about the US war against Vietnam, street protesters specially the younger generation brought not only banners and flowers to the streets but also those small yet “loud-speaking” custom embroidered patches. Their longing for peace and a halt to the war escalated and the patches played an important role in expressing themselves. Anger and pleads aside from being expressed vocally were expressed through patches.
It was in the era of the Hippies including the 70’s where the use of patches in fashion was showcased:
Departing from tailor-made outfits, they wore military outfits stitched with custom embroidered patches. Head covers displayed patches depicting their craving for peace. Aside from their actions, those outfits including their jeans and long dresses identify them (the Hippies) and became a worldwide trend. Moreover, with those outfits, they were able not only to influence fashion but also to voice out their radical expressions.
When the era of protests against the US war on Vietnam was over, the young people of that generation abandoned that “love and peace” plead but instead resorted to anger in solving conflicts. Those patches brandishing their favorite rock bands which at the same time expressed their freedom replaced the patches about love and peace. That was the time of the punks. Leather jackets and torn denim uppers replaced the old military outfits, the rough denims, and long dresses. Although there was a radical change from the Hippie to the Punk generation, those custom embroidered patches served not only as fashion accessories but retained the purpose of identification.
Many wars were fought, won, and lost:
The street protests about the US war against Vietnam has long been through. The era of the Hippies and punks has long been over although they still have influence on some. However, the time and role of patches is still alive today.
Historical events are no longer necessary for these patches to shine. In the everyday lives of people wherever they are, patches are but a common thing. As in the streets of the 60’s and 70’s, patches will always be where they are. Regardless of time, place, and people, patches will always serve its purposes and eventually continue taking its place in history.
At patches4less we give you not only an excellent customer service but an opportunity to be a part not only of the fashion world but also of history. We do that by providing you with the best custom embroidered patches at reasonable prices. We guarantee that we will provide high-quality patches tailor-made by our highly trained and experienced staff for your specific needs.
At patches4less, our design artists are always available to help you customize all your patches’ needs. As we have said, at patches4less, you will be part of history.