Symbols and patches – an integral part of uniforms

Badges and designs have always played a vital part in the costumes since time immemorial. These give a sense of belonging to the individuals. Whether its Aiguillette or bullions, these have been an integral part of uniforms. They make an important part of Army, Navy and Air Force uniforms, for colleges as well as clubs. Herein let's get a sneak peek about what exactly are these badges in detail.

What are Aiguillettes?

Aiguillettes are an ornamental cord which makes a part of academic uniforms. It is used as a symbol of honor. These are ornamental cords which are braided, the tip of which is fixed with metal toppings. One can find it hanging across the shoulder rendering grip to the armor plate.

They are different from that of lanyards, which appears similar but are also worn across the shoulder, although in this case, they lack the pointed tips.

Usage – Different countries use it in varied ways. They are used to distinguish people of different ranks in defense and are usually worn by individuals who own specific position of command in different countries and armed forces.

Another ornament which is a popular sight in uniforms is epaullettes.

What is epaullettes?

These are other popular ornamental pieces worn on shoulders of those holding a certain rank in armed forces. In many countries, they are worn as badges on the shoulders during particular ceremonies or parades.

Usage – Epaullettes are fastened to the shoulder by a strap running parallel to the shoulder seam. The bottom of the collar is covered by laces which are fixed into the holes in the shoulder coats. Different colors are used to denote different ranks. Based on the color and the position one can understand the wearer’s rank in the armed forces. These have gone through significant change starting from ribbons to laces in the present time.

Care needs to be taken while stitching these ornamental pieces as each piece symbolizes different ranks and has deep meanings attached.