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Japanese Rope Bondage

Bondage

NOUN

  1. the state of being a slave;
  2. sexual practice that involves the tying up or restraining of one partner.

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Bondage is a part of BDSM which involves the tying up or restraining of a ‘bottom’ or submissive partner. A sub can be bound or tied with rope, leather straps, a neck tie, chains or just about anything you can get your hands on. We love bondage so much that it inspired our company name!

For some though bondage is more than just a precursor to sex or spanking. To the truly devoted, bondage is a work of art and sometimes even a way of life.

Japanese rope bondage is the art of tying a person using several pieces of very thin rope. Kinbaku (緊縛) means “tight binding” and Kinbaku-bi (緊縛美) means “the beauty of tight binding”.  The word Shibari (縛り) is more commonly recognised in the west however, literally meaning “to tie” or “to bind”.

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In Japanese Rope Bondage the person doing to tying isn’t referred to as a Master or Dom(me), rather they’re known as Nawashi (縄師) which means rope master, rope teacher, rope artist or “maker of string”. A Nawashi/ bottom relationship may or may not be sexual; the nature of the relationship depends on whether or not the binding is being performed as a part of BDSM, for artistic purposes or for something altogether different.

The purpose of Japanese Rope Bondage is to create a certain aesthetic. The binding is performed in a way which adheres to certain rules to create specific patterns. Often the way in which a submissive is bound will force them into an uncomfortable position. However, the experience of being bound is still a pleasurable one.

Japanese Rope Bondage is often used in suspension bondage, creating something even more impressive. The level of skill required when practicing suspension bondage is even greater than in regular kinbaku as the weight of the person has to be evenly distributed throughout the binding so that too much pressure is not placed on any one body part.

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In Japanese rope bondage, not only is the style of bondage important but the type of rope used is symbolic also. Usually the rope used will be a loose laid, three strand jute rope referred to as “asanawa” or “hemp rope”. Using hemp rope in BDSM is symbolic to Japanese people in the same way that stocks are symbolic in western bondage, as hemp rope was once used to restrain prisoners.

 

Because of its unique style, interesting patterns and explicit nature, Japanese Rope Bondage is sometimes used in contemporary artwork created by bold and daring artists. The physical appeal of the knots is so much so that the binding style has been used to create jewellery, home furnishings and even phone cases!

Outside of the bedroom, dungeon or art studio however, some people like to make rope bondage a part of their everyday life. Karada is the Japanese word for ‘body’ and may be used when describing the Japanese body harness, or, rope dress.

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A rope dress (also know as rope web or bondage web) is created by tying rope around the body in a very intricate, web-like manner. A rope dress can include a crotch rope which will stimulate a woman’s clitoris as she walks or fights against the rope. A bondage web can be worn under a woman’s normal clothing without anyone in the outside world knowing her naughty little secret.

There are many different kinbaku patterns which focus on different parts of the body, some concerned with pleasure, some concerned with pain and some only concerned with the overall aesthetic. A very popular binding style is the Ushiro Takate Kote which focuses on the upper body and breasts whilst restraining the arms behind the back.

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