Blood Stripes appear in several Star Wars costumes (blood strips are the different colored stripes that go down the sides of paints.) The stripes appear in all of Han Solo’s costumes, which is likely why in the Legends EU, they are called Corellian Blood Stripes.
However, blood stripes also appear on Leia’s Commando outfit in (ROTJ), Luke’s end metal ceremony pants in (ANH) and also in the battle handmaiden outfit that Padmé as well as her handmaidens wears in (TPM).
Typically blood stripes are made out of one continuous piece of fabric; this is how the stripes on Leia’s commando pants are done. However, Han’s stripes are done differently, instead of being a single stripe of fabric; Han’s stripes are actually embroidered in a dashed line.
Blood Stripes Tutorial:
Though sewing would be more secure, this method would also be a good one for Leia’s Endor Commando Pants. Leia’s Endor Commando Pants have a traditional blood stripe that is one continuous contrasting color. Whereas Han’s are an embroidered dashes line and this method would not work for them.
In Attack of the clones, Padmé wears a black corseted dress for dinner with Anakin and then after by the fireside. With this dress Padmé’s hair is done in a elegant but fairly simple style. Like with all Star Wars hairstyles this one will require some hairpieces, to make the twisted coils that wrap around the braid. (See Myths about Star Wars Hairstyles)
Padmé wears a center part with this hair style, however, it ends on the top of her head, there is no back part to this hairstyle.
The front of Padmé’s hairstyle is sodtly swept back from the center part into the twist that starts just above the ear. The front is soft and allowed to swoop downto just cover the tops of her ears.
Padm’s hair is twisted back away from her face on both sides, the twist stars roughly an inch or so above eyebrow high. The twits is roughly an 1 1/2″ or so in width, and rolled tightly until gathered at the base of her neck into one tail.
The twist that Padmé wears on both sides of her head follow the base line of her hairline in the back, they also start roughly right around the top of the ears.
The tail of Padmé hairstyle is a simple 3 strand braid, the braiding ends roughly mid shoulder-blade on Padmé which is also roughly about where the crease of her arm occurs.
Wrapped around the outside of Padmé’s braid is a twisted coil of hair, (this is a secondary hair piece that is added and no part of her natural hair, note the difference in color.) The twisted coil that wraps around the outside of Padmé’s braid stars at the base of her skull where the beginning of 3 strand braid starts and stops at the end of the braid as well. The twisted coil appears to be braided in a three strands braid manner, using the braid as the middle strand.
Padmé’s three strand braid is likely secured by a small elastic, and this is covered by the end of the twisted coil.
The end on Padmé hairstyle hangs loose from roughly mid shoulder blade, the very end of the tail also has a but of a curl.
The tail of Padmé’s hairstyle ends roughly elbow length.
Padmé has many hair styles thrghout the Prequel Trilogy, often when Padmé’s hair isn’t in an official style she wears it hair in curls. Padmé’s curls are usually medium to small size curls that fall in soft romantic rings, it is also important to note that Padmé also has different kinds of curl patterns depending on the outfit. Studying reference images helps to get an idea of what kind of curl patterns are needed. Like with all costuming, study the reference images for proportion, and adjust to fit your own unique features from there is one of the best places to start.
There are a lot of different method to curling hair, the main two being heat and heartless curls. If you have naturally curly hair you may want to change your curl pattern, (the natural way your hair curls,) to one more similar to Padmé.
Before curling your hair some tips that can help, use a product in your hair such as, moose, curling serum, or hair spray. Also consider using hairspray on the curls after the curls are finished forming.
When curling hair, wrap the curl on the wand or the roller in the opposite direction every other curl, (curl 1 away from the face, curl 2 towards the face ext.) This helps prevent the curls from tangling together and helps keep them more defined as separate curls.
When using a heat tool using a heat protective product can help keep the heat tool from damaging your hair.
The hairstyle that Beru wears in [Attack of the Clones] is a fairly simple hairstyle, of three buns. (Note: Whitesun is Beru’s maiden name 🙂 )
(Note: that all of these estimations on positioning this hairstyle may have to be adjusted for each individual Beru, this is a guide to help with the positioning)
Beru has a center part that runs to the back of the top of her head, the part does not go down the back of her head.
Small Side Buns:
Beru’s hair is parted from in front of the ears up to the center front part on top of her head, this triangle of hair becomes the small side buns.
The front forelock section of Beru’s hair, (the part in front of the ears,) appears to be rope braided away from the face until just in front of the ears, the tail of the braid is done in a three strand, (or English,) braid.
The three strand braid is then coiled into a small flat bun, the braids is coiled over itself and there are layers to the coiling. The little coiled bun is roughly set centered above the ear, the bottom edge of the coiled bun is roughly just above the eyebrows. The top edge of the side bun as shown with the pink link in the picture, is above the front hairline, it also goes up onto the top of Beru’s head a little.
(Note: that the height of eyebrows is not going to be the same on each Beru and there for close examination of the proportion in the photos will be helpful when trying to place Beru’s side buns)
Beru has a three strand, or (English,) braid that is coiled into a bun on the back of her head. The bun is centered on the back of her head, the top edge of her bun is roughly in line with her hairline or a little bit above it. The bottom edge of the back bun lines up roughly underneath Beru’s nose.
In the back bun a bit of the braids tail can be seen in some of the pictures, but not all of them.
Twi’lek’s are some of the oldest and best loved aliens in Star Wars; they are also some of the most varied in representation within the movies and TV shows. This post is part of a series braking down Twi’lek’s from the movies and TV shows.
What Is Orn Free Taa?:
Compared to all other Twi’lek’s, whether for the Original Trilogy, Prequel Trilogy, or in any of the other Star Wars media, Orn Free Taa is drastically different then all the others.
Where all other Twi’leks from both the original and prequel trilogies, as well as all other Star Wars media, have five fingers. Orn Free Taa has three, this is never explained as to way. Below is a picture of Orn Free Taa next to Cham Syndulla, it is very clear that Cham, a typical male Twi’lek, had four fingers and a thumb and Orn Free Taa has three and a thumb.
Where all other Twi’lek’s represented in Star Wars media have two Lekku, Orn Fee Taa has four; two that hang on either side of his face and over his shoulders, and two that hang down his back like regular Lekku.
Orn free Taa has humanoid ears like other male Twi;leks, however, his are much smaller then any of the other male Twi’lek’s, strangely small in fact. This goes for his live action movie as well as the cartoon.
Similarities To Other Twi’lek’s:
Orn Fee Taa has pointed teeth, yellow eyes, regular body color and skin patterning, he also has pointed humanoid ears, however, as mentioned above, they are much smaller then other Twi’lek’s ears.
So why these differences? A theory could be just about anything, elective surgery, a terrible accident, born with a birth defect? We may never know, whatever the story is, it has got to be interesting.
The Most likely reason for Orn Free Taa looking this way and the differences from other Twi’lek’s is what they say about the character. All costumes and character desinges tell us something about them, Orn Free Traa is no exception. The idea behind his character is excess, he has excess in everything about him, even down to having twice as many Lekku.
(Send a link to any fan fictions about why Orn Free Taa does not look like other Twi’lek’s by leaving a comment on this post with a link or a message on the DIY Galaxy Tumblr. Love to see them 🙂 )
Most female Twi’lek’s wear a little hat like headgear or headdress, this is most likely due to the practical need of hide hairlines and Lekku seems.
These hats seem to be only worn by the female Twi’lek’s and have several popular variations, but they almost universally cover the ears, hairline, including the back of the head, and side of the head. Often times they have spaces for the ear-cones to show through.
Concept art for Oola, shows the inspiration of the Twi’lek hats, Oola’s human design has a hat that covers much less of the head. A gag was included originally as well in the concept design, and the ear-cons appear to have originally been a part of the headdress. (Images By: DIY The Galaxy of Star Wars) (Images From: The Art of Return of the Jedi: Star Wars Book)
Sometimes these hats have chin straps, such as Oola, Hera and Aayla’s.
Some of these hats cover the cheeks with little flaps
While others don’t cover hem at all.
Many of the hat’s feature medallions on the forehead.
Some of the hats cover the ear-cones, such as Oola and Hera and the child Twi’lek, they can sometimes be decorative when covering the ear-cones.
These hats can be completely decorative such as those of senate Twi’lek’s, or only have decorative parts, such as Oola’s.
Some of these hats come in multi colors,
while others come in brown which seems to be a popular color,
Or, like Hera and Numa, have different colors and patterns on their hats and they also cover more of the Lekku.
In combination with these hats some Twi’lek’s wear their Lekku wrapped in strips of fabric or leather or with a sleeve over them. These can be done only a little or almost all over the Lekku, or not done at all.
Males typically don’t wear hats, a few wear helmet like hat,
For the most part the males only form of decoration or headgear is wrapping their Lekku.
Some don’t wear any form of Lekku decoration at all.
Twi’ek’s have a widely varied representation in Star Wars; eyebrows are one of the facial features that seem to vary a little. Pretty much all female Twi’lek’s have human-like hair eyebrows, Oola, Aayla, the purple Twi’lek singer Lyn Me, Hera, Numa and more all have this feature.
Males on the other hand seem to have large and heavy brow that protrude out from the forehead. Bib Fortuna has one of the largest brows seen in Twi’leks. Cham Syndulla and other male Twi’lek’s seen throughout Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars also seem to share this heavy bulbous brow. And also do not appear to have hair on their brows.
The shapes of Twi’lek teeth tend to follow to veins, female Twi’leks tend to have flat human-like teeth. Aayla Securra, Hera, Oola and others all have these kings of teeth.
Male Twi’lek’s tend to have pointed teeth, like Bib Fortuna and Cham Syndulla, however, a little Twi’lek boy from the Clone Wars has flat teeth. It seems that male Twi’lek’s may vary between pointed and flat teeth.
Twi’lek’s have a rainbow range and more in coloration, they can be any shade of red, green, blue, purple, pink, yellow, and much more. These skin colors can come in modeled combinations or solid.
Twi’lek’s typically have lips colored differently than their bodies, however, sometimes a slightly darker version of their body color. Sometimes their lips are the same color as their body, this lip coloration patterning is the same for both female and males.
Twi’lek’s body colors can also include modeling, both male and females can have modeling, typical of two colors. Such as Cham Syndulla who has orange and cream modeling that almost takes on a semi striped pattern, though it should not go as far as actual strips. (See: green and red arrows for modeling, blue rectangle is tattooing.)
Other modeling appears blotchier such as the little Twi’lek girl in Star Wars The Clone Wars: Season 2 Episode 10. Blue and pink modeling appears in her body color, (see: green and red arrows.)
The patterning that appears on many of the Twi’lek’s does not appear to be tattoos, Aayla Secura has light blue specials/dots on her Lekku. Patterning is similar to modeling, however, patterning does not always or even typical cover the entire body, where as modeling typical does.
Other Twi’lek’s have speckling patterns on their bodies and Lekku such as the blue senate Twi’lek. She had a lighter blue speckling on her Lekku and her arms,
Hera has skin patterning of a lighter green circular patterning on her Lekku only, similar to Aayla Secura.
It seems that only Lekku being patterned is the most common variant, there is a range from no patterning, to just the Lekku, to the Lekku and body patterning. The most common variation for Twi’leks is to not have any patterning at all, such as Oola or Numa (see picture below.)
Suu Lawquane, the mother of the little Twi’lek girl with modeling, that appears in Star Wars The Clone Wars: Season 2 Episode 10, has dark pink patterning over her entire body in a dotted-spiral and circular pattern. It is also possible that Suu Lawquane’s skin patterns are actually tattoos.
Tattoos and Scars:
Cham Syndulla has tattooing over his Lekku and face, other Twi’lek’s also appear to have tattooing. As above mentioned, Suu Lawquane might have tattooing instead of pattering, Darth Talon is an example from the Legends EU of a Twi’lek with tattooing.
Twi’lek’s are some of the oldest and best loved aliens in Star Wars, this post is part of a series braking down Twi’lek’s from the movies and TV shows.
Ears and ear-cones, these are variously listening appendages that Twi’leks have and can sometimes be a little inconsistently represented in Star Wars. In Return of the Jedi, Bib Fortuna has human like ears, these ears where actually part of the prosthetic that was built for the actor.
Oola has a headdress that covers her ears and is where the idea of the ear-cones most likely arose. In the concept art for when Oola’s design was human shows that the white cones are a part of her headdress. However, since than Oola’s headdress seems to have morphed into ear-cons for female Twi’leks.
The purple Twi’lek singer Lyn Me does not appear to have ear-cone, instead her headdress covers her ears and as there are no lumps under the headdress it appear that her ears are likely to be like Bib Fortuna’s and are humanoid ears. Which is why it seems likely that Oola’s headdress is the point origin for ear-cones.
Getting into the prequels, Aayla Securra and all other Twi’leks have what appear to be ear-cones. These ear-cones are the same color as their Lekku and skin so it looks like they are what female Twi’lek’s have for ears. No male Twi’lek to date has been represented with ear-cones. (see further down article for male Twi’lek’s ears.)
Star Wars The Clone Wars has several different episode that future Twi’lek’s heavily, in these episodes the male Twi’lek’s have humanoid ears and humanoid ears with points.
My Unfounded Theory:
It’s possible that the first Twi’lek’s from [Retune of the Jedi] had normal humanoid ears, but Oola’s headdress has been interpreted into ear-cones. (Note: that in concept art as seen earlier in this post, the ear-cons are a part of Oola’s headdress, particularly in her human design.) The idea of Twi’lek’s morphed from what they had stared as in [Retune of the Jedi] and developed into something new. So in this theory the female Twi’lek’s ears have been retconned and now they have ear-cones instead of humanoid ears.
It also appears that some of the hats that Twi-lek woman wear have decorative covers that go over the ear-cones.