Have you ever wanted to know how to build a great ghillies suit?  Well in our series of three articles you will find out all you need to know about doing that.  Today’s article is on coloring the jute.  Read below.

Now let’s get down to business.  Your suit is picked out and you figured out what terrain you will be using the suit in!  That is the key when dying the Jute different colors.  You need to know what environment the suit will be in to understand why you color jute.

I chose to get the Mamba suit from Tactical Concealment in multi-cam.  My terrain will be the high mountain region.  So take a look at what the mountains have for color?  Yes, they have greens (light and dark), brown (light and dark), black and grey areas as well as a sand color.  With those colors that I just listed above, you can now choose the dye to start coloring.  But coloring is not all you are going to need for the jute.  There are options.  That’s why I love Tactical Concealment – They already have what you need ready for you in one order.  I am talking about jute, moss, dreadlocks, and grass (the grass comes in all colors all ready to go).  Because you know that’s what is needed in the environment.  REMEMBER ONE THING!  I had a sniper instructor from NSW tell me, “always start light.  You can always go darker if needed.  But if you are too dark you can never go lighter.”  Take that how you like, but when you are in the field it is gospel.

Below you will find some choices that Tactical Concealments has:

Jute

What is 1-Ply Fiber?
A single strand of this fiber is equal in diameter to a strand you would pull out of a burlap bag. The nice thing about this product is it’s provided to you pre-shredded and all you have to do is pull strands from the bundle like string cheese and tie it onto your clothing or equipment. It’s a massive time saving over de-stranding an ole’ burlap bag like the guys did back in the ’80s!
Why does it make good field camouflage?
Since jute is a natural fiber it has all-natural properties and characteristics. The older and dirtier it gets the more natural it looks in the outdoor environment.
Remember jute is a natural fiber. It can be used to supplement natural foliage or used in place of it when natural vegetation is sparse.
Remember jute is a natural fiber. It can be used to supplement natural foliage or used in place of it when natural vegetation is sparse.

Moss Dreadlocks

What is MOSS Dreadlocks?
Moss Dreadlocks mimics a natural hairstyle in which the hair is twisted into long matted or rope-like locks. This “Ratty Look” provides excellent texture and adapts well into natural field camouflage.

 

Moss Hair

What is MOSS Jute Hair?
MOSS Hair can mimic the look of thin dead grass or clumps of natural moss. Moss Hair is thin as human hair. It’s strong, lightweight and given the name “MOSS” because once it’s tied onto your clothing or equipment it looks like moss and dead clumps of grass.

Dye

 

Brown Combo-Pack 

a.k.a Desert Color Dye 4-Pack
Master the desert, woods or areas heavy in brownish tones with all 4 color dyes. (Brown 1, 2, 3 & Yellow 1)
Don’t forget that you achieve a multitude of color shades than what is shown here by simply adjusting the water to dye ratio when you dye.
You will receive an instructional sheet at no charge with your purchase.

Green Combo-Pack


Create an unlimited variety of green tones from all 8 of these color dyes. Achieve even more colors by adding dyes together!
Don’t forget that you achieve a multitude of color shades than what is shown here by simply adjusting the water to dye ratio when you dye.
You will receive an instructional sheet at no charge with your purchase.

Grass

The grass they have is amazing!  It looks like and feels like grass.  As you can see they have multiple colors to choose from.  FYI – these are not dyes.  The grass comes already colored and ready to go.

Let’s get started

Step 1 – Get all your materials you will need to dye the jute.  I have three different color dyes I will be doing, so I got three buckets.  I also went and got some paint sticks to stir the water
Step 1-A The jute I will be coloring as well as the three dyes.  The color dyes I will be using are Green 1 & 7 // Brown 3.  Click here to see Tactical Concealments page for color dye.
Step 2 – Put the hottest water you can find in each bucket. (cold water will work too)  I just put enough water in the bucket to cover the jute.  Each bottle of dye is a powder, so be careful when pouring.  I only used 1/4 of the bottle in the water.  The more you use the darker the color.  1/4 is just fine.
Step 3 – Once you dump the dye into the water, start stirring the water with the jute in it for a good two minutes.  You do not have to mix that long, but it will mix it really well.
After mixing all three of the colors and the jute is in the water.  Let it set!  I left jute in the water overnight and only sturred it ever so often.
Step 4 – Now that your jute has sat overnight and you have sturred it when you thought it was needed and the color looks good.  It is time to dump the water and jute out of the bucket and rinse off with water.  I used a water hose.  Then I squeezed out all the water the best I could do.
Step 5 – After squeezing the water out of the jute and washed it out with water.  you should be able to see the color of the jute.  If you want the jute to your liking then leave the jute in the water longer and/or add more dye.
Step 6 – Drying the jute.  You will need to place the jute in the sun so that it can dry. Hang it up or lay it on the concrete.  Either way, spread the jute out so that it can dry.

All Dry!

 
I have a secret to tell you guys.  Remember that instructor I quoted above?  Well, he also said that when and if you color the jute, leave the jute in tight bundles.  Because some of the colors will not seep into the tight areas and will not color that area.  The reason for this is that no area in any terrain is exactly one color.  It has multiple colors and if you can get your jute multiple colors as well, the better the blend will be.  Yes, people will say that’s why you use different jute.  True, but if the jute is mismatch and mixed with different color jute?  Isn’t that all around better?  You can see what I did below.  Remember though, there are several ways to do your jute.  This is the best way I have found.  Thanks
Great! All of the jute we are using for the suit builds are complete.  I guess that means we start putting them together!  YES, my favorite part.  So head over to Tactical concealment and get your suit so we can start building them.  Until next time.

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7 Comments on “Building your Ghillies suit with Tactical Concealment stage 2 of 3- Color the Jute

  1. Thank you for your 2 articles about building ghillies. I sent 3 emails to tactical concealment. They never answered me (I asked for chart size for mamba and beast suit, …).I bought one ataka ghillie viper + turtle and one ghillie kit from the ghilliesuits.com. They answered all my emails and both ghilies are very good.

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      • yes, if you can ask for a size chart, Iwould be grateful. Thank you.

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      • I have no news from Tactical concealment. I think they don’t need to sell their products.

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      • from Tactical Concealment: Our Mamba suit runs slightly larger than gov issued DCU’s. If a person is filling their current size out close to max shirt or pant adjustments on their DCU’s they should upgrade to the next size up. Hope this helps, see you soon.l

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