From Royal To Regular- A Brief History of Custome Embroidered Patches
Embroidered patches can be traced back thousands of years in the ancient culture of India, China, and the Middle East. They originated as decorating fabrics for the robes and gowns of the royalty. These artifacts were created with beautiful and elaborate hand made designs and patterns. These patches were also used to tend to the damaged and torn garments.
The History and Origin of patches
The first custom patches were seen during the Civil war between the United States and Mexico during 1812. The US Military were the first people to use crude versions of embroidered patches as their symbol. They finally designed the first custom patch in October 1918 for their first infantry. During World War 2, usage of custom patches among military ranks, to distinguish them from others, became quite common. With the World War at its peak, Naval force, Air force, as well as Marines, started using embroidered patches.
Evolution of Custom Embroidered Patches
Later, with the invention of embroidery machines, customized patches turned into a business. These were made using multi-needle machines that operated a two-thread system. It wasn’t as fast as handwork but could produce multiple copies of similar designs.
Today, with the advancement of technology producing custom patch business has sky-rocketed. Virtually designed artworks can be easily created using a thread on fabric. The delay that used to come with the production of patches could be avoided now. The whole production was now digitally handled and controlled by a computer. The modern advancement led to a better stiffness, prevention of wrinkle, plastic backing and border protection.
Patches were once used only by the royals and later military. With innovation and development of technology, production and quality increased drastically. Now, custom embroidered patches are used as decorations and used by regular individuals on shirts, caps, bags, and jackets. They can be used to show membership or a business logo.