Tusken Raider Canvas Dying

Natural colored duck canvas that is dyed with tan Rit Dye is generally accepted as a good, accurate fabric - with appropriate weathering.

Ripping the fabric into strips gives a nice tethered look.

Items Needed

Ripping the fabric

A simple way to achieve the tattered and worn effect of the tusken wraps is to simply tear the fabric.

  1. Make a small cut about 2.5 inches from the base of the fabric.
  2. Rip!


Fabric dying

You can dye the fabric first if you want. I chose to do it after ripping as the strips are easier to handle.

  1. Remove as many extra strings as you can.
    The ripping process leaves many loose threads on the sides of the strips. The more of these you have the more tangled your strips will become after stirring and dying.
  2. Fill a 5 gal bucket about half way with very hot water (140F degrees is ideal).
  3. Pour in half of the bottle of Rit fabric dye.
  4. Put in 8-10 strips of fabric that are about 100 inches long or equivalent amount.
    Each of my strips were about 2.5 inches wide by 3 yards long.

  1. Keep the fabric in the dye bath for 30-60 minutes. Stir constantly for the first 10 minutes.
  2. At the 30 minute mark check the color. If the color is good you can proceed to step 8.
  3. If the color is not what is desired, continue to stir for up to another 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the fabric from the bucket, careful not to spill dye bath water on anything you do not want dyed.
  5. Dispose of the dye bath water.
  6. Detangle the fabric strips and cut off any loose threads.
  7. Hang the fabric strips to dry overnight.

Use the strips

The dyed stips can be used for the following parts of the costume. Dye more strips as needed.


My name is Brandon Owens, 501st Member BH/DZ-51512 and MMCC OM#1793. I have an approved Tusken Raider (ANH) and a Boba Fett (ROTJ) that I spend years researching and building. I'm here to share my progress, methods, and findings.