When closed, this costume represents the slaves in captivity, “that's the first spirit, the torturous spirit of being captive”, when open they represent the element of freedom but not really being in control. “What she does with her body makes them move, if she stands still they're still [and] when she moves they move in different directions. The performer has control [and] you are not in control in your destiny. What is in control of your destiny is far greater than any of us”. There is also a religious significance in this piece, “that whole thing about the trinity, it’s like the crucifix, Jesus in between the two thieves”. This significance carries over to the origins of Carnival - which began as a pre-lenten Roman Catholic festival. “The revelry and the fun is before the 40 days of abstinence”. Whilst this may not be the case for Notting Hill Carnival, it rings true in Trinidad Carnival which takes place two days before lent. “Anything that comes out of the Caribbean all has roots in Trinidad. The watering down of Carnival [in] London means that the Caribbean voice is diminishing within its own festival! The spirit of emancipation is important for that reason [it shows] not being in control, being captive and then being free-ish. Free-er so you can move and stand and dance. That's what that is, the spirit of emancipation”.