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"When she comes back, will she be a Jedi like in the stories? Brown robes, little rat tail?"
Rose Tico, to Finn about Rey[1]

A typical Padawan braid

The Padawan braid was a symbol worn in the hair or head that marked the rank of a Jedi Padawan. The braid was composed of a long strand of intricately woven hair typically worn across the right shoulder. In the case of Padawans from species that did not grow hair on their heads, alternatives such as silka beads were worn instead. When a Padawan was declared a Jedi Knight after passing the trials, the braid was shed. If a Padawan was expelled from the Jedi Order, the braid was ripped off, as happened to Ahsoka Tano after she was framed for treason.

Description[]

Padawan braids were a symbol of rank used to distinguish apprentices within the Jedi Order.[2] They were lengths of intricately woven hair,[3] typically worn across the right shoulder. Padawans which belonged to species that did not grow hair on their heads would wear alternatives such as silka beads.[4] Padawan braids would be shed upon attaining the rank of Jedi Knight after passing the Jedi Trials. Padawans who were expelled from the Jedi Order would have their braids ripped off.[2]

History[]

During the High Republic Era, Jedi Masters could decide whether or not their apprentice had to wear a Padawan braid: Master Cohmac Vitus did not intend to require his next apprentice to wear a braid, while Padawan Reath Silas had unsuccessfully attempted to persuade his Master, Jora Malli, to not make him wear it any longer. Silas' braid was later ripped out by a Wookiee infant he rescued from the starship Journeyman, and he thought he would have to grow it back. Vitus eventually took Silas on as his apprentice after they found that Malli had died[5] at the Battle of Kur,[6] and Silas grew a new braid.[7]

While stranded on the jungle moon Wevo[8] around 232 BBY,[9] Padawan Imri Cantaros was dealing with grief over the death of his Master and feelings of envy regarding the skills of Jedi prodigy Vernestra Rwoh, who was only sixteen, two years older than him, but already a Knight. Seeing Rwoh braiding her hair made him touch his Padawan braid self-consciously.[8]

Around 230 BBY,[10] Padawans Qort and Farzala Tarabal cut their own braids off after they were knighted by their Masters, Tabakan Pak and Obratuk Glii.[11]

A young Obi-Wan Kenobi sporting a Padawan braid

During his time as a Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi developed a bad habit of tugging at his Padawan braid when nervous, a habit he hoped to break.[12]

Togruta Padawan Ahsoka Tano's silka bead braid was stolen by bounty hunter Cad Bane during the Battle of Devaron.[13] After Tano helped capture Bane on Naboo, she took the braid back, declaring she had earned the right to wear it again.[14] Late in the Clone Wars, Tano was framed for the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar,[15] and was expelled from the Order so she could be put on trial, with her braid being removed by a Jedi Temple Guard. After her master Anakin Skywalker managed to clear his apprentice's name by revealing fallen Padawan Barriss Offee as the true traitor, Tano was offered her braid and position in the Order back. However, having lost faith in the Order and the Jedi High Council, she declined and left.[16]

After he survived Order 66, Padawan Caleb Dume's occasional rescuer Janus Kasmir made Dume cut his braid off and abandon his Jedi robes in order to better hide from the Galactic Empire.[17]

Behind the scenes[]

Padawan braids first appeared in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[3]

In the Star Wars: The Clone Wars season three episode "The Citadel", Ahsoka Tano's braid is erroneously missing in the scene where she speaks to Plo Koon about joining the Citadel rescue mission, as well as in a later scene where the Citadel infiltration team encounters security turrets in the hallway.[18]

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Notes and references[]

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
  2. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  3. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  4. The High Republic: Into the Dark
  5. The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
  6. The High Republic: Out of the Shadows
  7. 8.0 8.1 The High Republic: A Test of Courage
  8. The Star Wars Book dates the launch of the Starlight Beacon to 232 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 232 BBY in the dating system used by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. As the events of The High Republic: A Test of Courage take place shortly before the dedication of the Starlight Beacon, the novel must take place around the same year.
  9. The Star Wars Book dates the launch of the Starlight Beacon, which is depicted as part of the events of The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, to 232 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 232 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. In The High Republic: A Test of Courage, which takes place concurrently to Light of the Jedi, Vernestra Rwoh is sixteen years old. In The High Republic: Mission to Disaster, Vernestra states that she is almost eighteen years old, indicating that Mission to Disaster is set about two years later, around 230 BBY. As The High Republic: The Fallen Star takes place not long after Mission to Disaster, it must also take place around 230 BBY. The High Republic Adventures 13 takes place concurrently to The High Republic: Midnight Horizon, which takes place shortly before and concurrently to The Fallen Star, meaning that it must take place in approximately 230 BBY as well.
  10. The High Republic Adventures 13
  11. Master & Apprentice
  12. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cargo of Doom"
  13. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force"
  14. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much"
  15. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi"
  16. Kanan 3
  17. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Citadel"
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