Q’asha Kih Mandalorian

Hannah Bittante

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Person sitting against a big knobby tree. Wearing Teal and Silver Mandalorian Armour, with a helmet. Snow on ground.
Costume Height 5′ 4″
Materials: Sintra (Expanded PVC sheets), Resin Casted Helmet, Tinted Polycarbonate Plastic (Visor), Velcro, Wool, Cotton, Leather, Paint, Glue, Sealant.

Mandalorians: A nomadic warrior culture of peoples from the Star Wars Universe. Q’asha Kih is an original character that I created who follows this way of life and wears the armour to prove it.

The Resol’nare or Six Actions, when translated from Mando’a (Mandalorian Language) into Galactic Basic Standard (English), are the central tenets of Mandalorian life. The six actions consist of wearing armour, speaking the language, defending oneself and family, raising your children as Mandalorians, contributing to the clan’s welfare, and when called upon by the Mand’alor (Leader), rallying to their cause.

Person sitting against a big knobby tree. Wearing Mandalorian armour. Close up, with a spear in the foreground.
  1. Wearing Armour.
Side view of person wearing a teal and silver helmet, with snowy trees in the background.

I will always wear it. I wear armour even when I’m not. Protection comes with a cost. To let others see the real you is the most terrifying thing there is.

Person standing in shin deep snow on a mountain. Wearing Mandalorian armour, holding a spear downwards in their right hand.

2. Speaking the language.

Close up of teal and silver helmet. Bright and snowy background.

I will carry forward the words of the past, but never forget to bring new meaning into new contexts. Times change and people do too. Loyalty is a strength, but courage is calling out injustice.

Person standing in shin deep snow on a mountain. Wearing Mandalorian armour, holding a spear upwards in their right hand.

3. Defending oneself and family.

Person leaning back against a big knobby tree. Wearing Teal and Silver Mandalorian Armour, with arms crossed on their lap.

Family is more than blood. It’s messy and unconditional.

Person crouching on top of a big fallen log in the forest. Wearing armour looking over their shoulder. One hand placed on their knee.

4. Raising your children as Mandalorians.

Person standing in forest holding a spear in their right hand, looking at the camera.

What does it mean to have an identity? We are just we, not split down the middle or dragged to either side of extreme masculine or feminine.

Person standing against a tree holding a prop blaster upwards in their right hand, looking into the camera.

5. Contributing to the clan’s welfare.

Close up of person's gloved hands crossed on their lap.

To love all, but trust a few. To question one’s surroundings and pay respects to past sacrifices, by others wiser than oneself.

Close up of person's gloved hands crossed on their lap, from different angle.

6. When called upon by the Mand’alor, rallying to their cause.

Person standing in front of a mossy tree, wearing armour, looking down at the camera.

“The only time you should ever look down on anyone is when you’re pulling them up.” -Mandalorian Proverb

Looking up at person wearing armour. Their left gloved hand is up reaching towards their chin. Dark blurred forest in background.

Don’t step on my toes or crush my creativity. Don’t take all the airtime, don’t take up all the space and noise, freedom of expression and uniqueness. The world will become bland and sterile if we can’t encourage new things.

Close up of chest and shoulder armour. Person has long brownish-red hair. Helmet if off, revealing part of their chin.

Photo credits: Janice Bittante and Johnathan Hinton

This Project allowed me to freely explore building and armour crafting more than I ever have before. I found out about this incredible costuming community online on April 4th 2020, right in the beginning of lockdown. It brought me into a flurry of research and a deep dive into one of my favourite fandoms, at a time where distractions and activities were so greatly needed in my life. I then had access to much time at home to learn, fail, and grow as an artist. I began patternmaking each piece, heat forming PVC sheets by hand, sewing the clothes, molding a 3D printed helmet, casting it in resin, airbrush painting, and covering my hands in glue. The process of upgrading the armour and self improvement is never over. Each new piece brings new skill and methods, as we figure out who we are and what it means to wear such things.

A huge thank you to my family, friends, classmates, instructors, everyone at the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club, Wasu’ran Clan (British Columbia) and the Builders Facebook group for inspiring me and keeping me going on this passion project. This past year has been a life changing journey. Even though my costume is not yet officially approved, I look forward to volunteering with the club once we’re allowed to go out in person again. More information about the club and their mission in the link above.

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This Vancouver based artist is inspired by the beautiful visuals of filmmaking and television. Studying sculpture evolved into a multi-material process of patternmaking, mold-making, casting, building and sewing. This has culminated into a complex world, where costuming and props collide.
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