Military patches are seen on the shoulders of an army serviceman. Are you aware that there are replica patches being sold to hobbyists? These patches are also reproduced to accessorize otherwise plain apparels. There are different items that you can collect as a hobby. Some collect key chains, some collect mugs, and others collect vintage coins. It is not a surprise that people would collect patches.
If you are fascinated with these military patches, you can now purchase them from online shops and clothing stores. Most of these reproductions are produced in Asia, particularly Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines. However, hobbyists say that Korea and China produce the cheapest replicas of American custom-made embroidered patches. Most of these patches are hand-made and are made from cotton or leather. They can be attached to different kinds of fabrics by sewing or ironing.
The earliest recorded patches were made in the late 1880’s. These patches were embroidered and hand-sewn on military uniforms. They used to be pale in color because light khaki was the standard color of army uniforms then. It was only in 1957 that the color was changed to green and the patches became dark green in color. There were early patches that were made form silk.
Types of Patches
The standard US military patches are round with black background and with gold writing that says “United States Army”. They are normally worn by high ranking generals. The United States Navy has round embroidered patches that have a white background and gold inscriptions. On the other hand, the US Air Force has blue writings in white background.
For the Marine Corps, their patches have three colors: red, green, and black. Their emblem is outlined in their patches. For the US Coastal Guards, they have round patches with black writings. There is a gold symbol surrounding their patches.
Those who belong to the US Veteran military, they wear patches in brown color that has white writings. The US police group has embroidered patches shaped as a shield with black background. The writings are in white.
Where to Buy These Military Patches
As briefly mentioned earlier, you can purchase them from online shops offering custom-made patches and those that sell military items. The prices will depend on the manufacturer, the detailing, and the materials used. Most of these online stores offer imported items made from the Far East. There are a lot of choices. Most of these online shops offer a wide range of designs, colors, sizes, and shapes. Most of these patches have adhesive surface so that transferring them to your clothes using a flat iron is easy. You can also choose those embroidered patches that can be sewn onto the garments.
You can also have them customized if you want to. If you will be using these patches to accessorize your clothes, you might want to purchase in bulk, it is cheaper. Online stores have graphic designers that can help you design patches or have them copy from designs that you intend to reproduce for your clothes.
These online stores can produce customized patches in all shapes and sizes. You can choose the color combination that you like. You can also choose the material. Before choosing your designs, you have to make sure that you already know how you want your garments to look like after you have attached the patches.
Have an idea in mind so that it is easier for you to choose which designs you prefer. If you are going to update several outfits, try to look for different military patches designs. It is easy to reproduce these patches nowadays but make sure that you don’t overdo it as these patches are symbolic of the heroism of the country’s servicemen, after all.