Shibari is all about ropes. But there are different kinds of rope, each one offering advantages and disadvantages when compared to the others. If you want to get the best out of your bondage scenes, you should know each kind of rope. That’s why we offer you this article explaining the 4 kinds of rope you can use in Shibari.
Cotton rope is easy to get and it’s not expensive. It is ideal for beginners, who are still deciding whether they like bondage or not. It is also good to practice, since you don’t want to ruin a professional, more expensive rope. You can also get colored cotton ropes, which might be best for you if you don’t like the monotony of having all your ropes in the same, natural color.
Hemp and jute ropes are the ropes for Shibari. They are handmade and, therefore, way more expensive than cotton ropes. They are the standard ropes used by Shibari professionals. And, when used properly, they offer and exquisite touch, and they slide marvelously through the skin. Beware, however, that they produce a lot of shedding, which might not be the sexiest thing around.
Nylon rope is not very recommendable. Some people might react very badly to friction with synthetic fibers, and it’s always a little stiff.
Climbing rope is very light, which is good if you’re going to use several meters for your scene. It is quite smooth, which prevents rope burning. And that’s good news if your bottom is not of the kind that enjoys friction marks. Its main disadvantage is that it doesn’t hold very well, and it can end up making a mess out of your knots.
In short, make sure to choose the most adequate rope for the scene you’re planning, all things considered, and enjoy!
Now you know everything you need about the 4 kinds of rope.