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Tracey Sankar begins the intricate folding, stitching and beading of the train of the costume.

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Sankar considers the original version of Erzulie's hat for the new costume. She would eventually take it apart and rebuild it.

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On a Sunday night, accompanied by a Police Band performing outside a neighbourhood bar, Sankar would often don her fancy jab costume and blow fire at the intersection of Erthig and Belmont Circular Roads, a block from Granderson Labs.

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After buying an over the counter mask for her young troupe of blue devils from Basilon Street, Sankar considers whether the mask will be right for the project.

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Elements of the costume on Sankar’s work table at Granderson Labs.

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With the costume on a dummy, Sankar refines the fit of the elements of the costume.

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Over the months she worked on the costume, Tracey Sankar alternately gained and lost weight, which affected her ideas for the costume. A bustier was part of the plan here, but was eventually dropped.

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Dressing the wireframe of a basket for her Dame Lorraine costume, which she appears at with as an individual as well as as part of her mother, June Sankar's band.

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Sankar discusses molded mask options with Pascal Ramkissoon at his French Street business.

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At Queen’s Hall, Sankar and Junior Bisnath discuss the reconstruction of the hoof that’s a key part of the costume’s design.

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At her Oropune home, Sankar oversees her son Joshua and Shane Persad as they cut masks free from their molding sheets. Her son Jessie is at far right in the doorway.

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At her mother June Sankar’s home, the masquerader discusses costuming options for the band. June Sankar did some of the sewing on Erzulie’s new costume.

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Sankar reacts to a backspray of paint as she prepares masks for a side project with children from Basilon Street in Belmont.

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The molded horns and masks are painted en-masse on the sidewalk outside Granderson labs.

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The first phase of personal preparation for the performance at Adam Smith Square is the creation of the character’s face.

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After a bout of severe illness after performing at the St James Amphitheatre, Sankar had a cleansing and blessing ceremony for the costume and her children before packing the costume for the Adam Smith Square performance.

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On Murray Street in Woodbrook Joshua Charleau, Sankar’s eldest son, works as her handler, helping her into the costume.

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In full costume, Sankar as Erzulie walks up Murray Street to join the parade of traditional characters flanked by three of her sons.

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Erzulie the La Diablesse performs for the judges at the parade of traditional characters at Adam Smith Square.

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Erzulie the La Diablesse performs for the judges at the parade of traditional characters at Adam Smith Square.