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Tying The Knot: Choosing The Best Ropes For Your Shibari Sessions

by Mary Jenkins

The Japanese form artistic rope bondage known as shibari is one of the most versatile and enjoyable forms of rope bondage around, and it is just as ideal for newcomers to rope bondage and dedicated BDSM enthusiasts. The intricate arrangements of ropes and knots that an experience shibari practitioner can perform can be truly stunning works of art; however, just like any artist, you will need the right tools to get the best results.

Unlike many other forms of rope bondage, shibari requires nothing more than a length of rope to perform, making it particularly ideal for bondage practitioners on a budget. However, not just any old rope will do—for the comfort and safety of everyone involved in your shibari sessions, you should choose ropes with the following key attributes to prevent embarrassing and painful mishaps:

Appropriate surface friction

Having yourself bound in intricate and often compromising knots can be a painful experience at the best of times. For most shibari practitioners, that's all part of the fun, but depending on your personal mores, you may or may not wish to add to this pain with a stinging rope burn.

As such, you should choose a rope with a 'feel' that is appropriate to your needs. If you want a smooth, almost luxurious feel to your ropes, with very little chance of accompanying rope burn, you should probably invest in ropes made of synthetic materials such as nylon or polypropylene, which have a smooth surface and very few loose fibres to create friction. As a bonus, these ropes tend to be less expensive than ones made of natural fibres, but be careful using them around naked flames.

If you like a rougher, edgier feel to your shibari sessions, or if you want a more natural experience in line with the art's ancient roots, choose natural fibre ropes. Hemp and jute ropes are excellent choices, while cotton ropes tend to provide a happy medium between natural roughness and synthetic smoothness. These ropes can cause severe friction burns if used recklessly, but their rougher surfaces do mean that knots tend to hold more securely.

Crush resistance

As a general rule, you should opt for a rope that cannot be compressed easily by a strong grip or a tight knot. This is because shibari knots can become tight, compacted and very difficult to untie, especially if the knot is load-bearing or tied by a newcomer to the art. If a knot cannot be untied before the tied participant becomes uncomfortable, the rope will have to be cut.

Consequently, your chosen rope should be densely woven and should remain at its full diameter even when compressed in a tight, complex knot. While cotton ropes are very popular and comfortable, they are notorious for forming unworkable knots under tension, so consider a stronger natural or synthetic material.

Easily cut

The ability to instantly, safely untie a knot or rope arrangement is vital to any safe shibari session, and you should always keep a safe cutting tool (such as a pair of paramedic's shears) on hand during your sessions to prevent accident and injury. By the same token, you should choose a rope that can be cut cleanly and swiftly so your partner does not have to spend a second longer than necessary in an uncomfortable position.

You should therefore avoid buying ropes with reinforcing cores, and steer clear of ropes with protective outer coatings, as these can prevent the rope from being cut swiftly. You should also pay attention to the diameter of your rope to ensure it can be cut without too much effort. Don't go too thin, however, as thin ropes can cut painfully into flesh and may pose a strangulation risk.

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