A wide range of different patterns and techniques are used to decorate objects in the realm of wearable heritage. These patterns are often extremely important for the understanding of a culture. Some patterns have a long history and hold different meanings in different time frames. For instance: animal types dominate the Afghan region linking local tradition with Roman and Byzantine styles. Lozenge shapes are often used in Egypt, both in Pharaonic times as well as in present day Egypt.
Often these patterns have amuletic meaning and are not chosen randomly on costume and jewelry; for instance the shape of triangles as amulet. When knowing and understanding the meaning of a pattern or a technique, it will be easier to understand, almost like reading, the object.