The earliest references to lanyards date from 15th century France: "lanière" was a thong or strap apparatus. At the beginning, lanyards were used to connect a pistol, sword or whistle (for signalling) to a uniform semi-permanently or also used in horse regiments, enabling a rider to pull a whistle from the left tunic pocket and maintain communication with his troop.
Nowadays, lanyard usually is a cord or strap worn around the neck, shoulder, or wrist to carry such items as keys or used to display badges, tickets or ID cards for identification where security is required, such as businesses, corporations, hospitals, prisons, conventions, trade fairs, and backstage passes used in the entertainment industry. These also can be used to hang precious small electronic devices such as cameras, USB, mobile phones, etc. Besides, Lanyards as well as can be used as keychains, particularly in situations where keys can easily be lost, such as gyms, public pools and communal showers.
And custom lanyards is more and more popular, it can give you the opportunity to create your own design, the style, design or material used will vary depending on end-purpose of the lanyard, you can choose the style of the lanyard, the color, what to have printed on or weaved into the strap, and what attachments you would like. As many large businesses continue to purchase lanyards by the thousands for their employees at trade shows or given away for promotional purposes, they would custom printed with company names, logos, symbols, or slogans etc. whatever they want.
There are many materials include polyester, nylon, satin, silk which has polyester neck lanyards, polyester neck strap, fabric lanyards, nylon neck lanyards, nylon neck strap, embroidery lanyards, embroidery neck strap. And you also can feature a variety of customization techniques including screen-printing, Jacquard loom weaving, heat transfer, and offset printing. By the way, you also can choose some attachment for your customized lanyards.
Personalized lanyards can become a perfect accessory for promotional purposes, as well as they can make for an affordable customized present for anyone.