Battleground: Patches – Military Uniform Insignia

Date: Apr 7, 2008 - Jan 20, 2009
Curated by: Max Allen

Soldiers wear patches on their uniforms to identify their fighting units. These woven and embroidered insignia are often beautifully designed and reflect each unit’s specialty and battlefield history. Some of the patches, with their drawings of weaponry, are a key image-source for the Afghan weavers, and can be seen in the war rugs exhibited in Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan. In addition there are unofficial “off-duty” patches that brag about military prowess or express a loathing for the enemy, offering an insight into the mindset of soldiers on the ground.

 

Related Exhibitions:

Battleground: The Kandahar Journals of Richard Johnson

Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan