The collar had a loop extension where a chain could be attached. The collar itself was padded and was specifically made to fit snugly around the princess's stately neck. Thus, even when Jabba wasn't pulling her chain, Leia could still feel the collar around her neck. The collar's constant presence helped instill a slave consciousness in the defiant princess. The collar showed ownership that Jabba had of Leia, and also symbolized the solemizing of Leia and Jabba's relationsip as master and slave similiar to that of marriage.
Jabba's slaves were commonly held with a collar, but this collar in particular had a special meaning to it. He had it made out of hardened steel with a pure gold coating, representing her royal status. The collar was also made to resemble a wedding ring, symbolizing Leia's bond to him and solemnizing it like marriage. It was also made to be a support for her head if she let it fall, symbolically supporting her royal posture.
Leia's Perception of her CollarEdit
Leia hated all of her slave costume, but she despised her collar most. Not only did it allow Jabba to use his chain to control her every movement, it also symbolized her status as the pet and trophy to the powerful crime lord. Coupled with his habit of choking her for disobedience, she hated the fact that the collar dug into her throat and that it was so tight on her neck. When Jabba pulled her collar hard, she tried to stop it from choke her with her hands, leaving her body free for Jabba to touch and fondle. Jabba would often pull the chain and collar hard, forcing Leia to lay on the hutt's stomach. When Jabba was really upset he would have Leia's boots pulled off so that she was barefoot. Then he would grab her chain and hoist her up in the air with her feet off the ground. When that happened, the whole room would go quiet and there would only be deep, guttural choking and strangling sounds that Leia would make from her throat as she hung. Her body would twitch and her skirt veils would shift back and forth, exposing her as she choked. She would point her bare toes, her legs straight and taut, as she tried to reach the floor with her toes. as much as she tried, Leia couldn't stop herself from making the choking noises in the silent room, and losing her dignity.