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Military patches are full of metaphor, from the colors used to the types of images portrayed. White or silver means peace and sincerity; yellow or gold signifies generosity; blue stands for loyalty; red for fortitude; and green for loyalty. Even animals depicted on military patches have significance. A lion represents deathless courage; a tiger signifies fierceness and valor in combat; the bear denotes protection of kindred and the wolf shows one whom it is dangerous to assault. Rhinoceros shows great ferocity when aroused and an elephant signifies courage and strength. Leopards show valiant and hardy warriors; horses show the unit is ready for all deployments on behalf of their government/king and a bull or oxen signifies valor and magnanimity.

Embroidered patches—an important identification tool for military and other uniformed personnel—trace their roots thousands of years ago to ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, Mideast, China, India and South America, where the art of decorating fabric with thread stitching originated.Elaborate hand-stitched designs and patterns were used to embellish the robes of royalty and for religious artifacts.

Today, embroidered patches are used by government organisations (including uniforms of military forces, emergency services and other specialised workers), sports teams and companies in the private sector to denote rank, job, specific position or specialised unit. Youth groups, including sports teams, scouting organizations and specialized clubs, often wear clothing emblazoned with embroidered patches. They are also used by space agencies on the uniforms of astronauts to denote the mission.

Patches are collected by enthusiasts as well.

An embroidered patch, also known as a cloth badge, is a piece of embroidery which is created by using a fabric backing and thread. The art of making embroidered patches is an old tradition and was originally done by hand and now taken over by computerized sewing machines. Please click here to ask a question
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