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An example of rope bondage at BoundCon, Germany, 2008
Rope used in erotic bondage is usually soft to avoid chafing the skin, and easy to twist and straighten
Rope can be used for keeping a subject fully secured.
A playful, less restrictive form of rope bondage is a common magic trick at cabaret performances

Rope bondage, also referred to as ropeplay, is bondage involving the use of rope to restrict movement, wrap, suspend, or restrain a person, as part of BDSM activities.[1]



One popular form of rope bondage technique derives from the erotic Japanese bondage art form of shibari, which was in turn developed from the now-defunct Japanese military restraint technique of hojōjutsu.[2][3] An important part of rope bondage is the rope dress, which is not of itself a form of restraint, but may be used either by itself as an adornment, or as a basis for restraining bondage.[4]


Bondage ropes used come in a variety of materials and length. Japanese bondage traditionally uses natural fibers such as hemp and jute which are cut to approximately 25 foot lengths. Western-style bondage typically uses longer ropes that span a wider variety of materials.

  • Ropes (Typically of a nylon or cotton variety)
  • Household Furniture

These are just a few of the tools used in western-style bondage.[5]


Spread EagleEdit

A four post bed is commonly used to achieve this position with the arms and legs restrained at the ankles and wrists.

Chair TiedEdit

The subject is placed in a chair. Wrists can be bound to arm rests on the chair or bound behind the subject's back and behind the back rest. The subject's ankles can be tied to the legs of the chair. Further ropes can be used to keep the subject fully secure.

Standing at the CrossEdit

The St. Andrew's Cross is shaped like that of the letter 'X'. The points of each section act as your anchor points restraining the arms and legs.


The subject is restrained at the wrists and ankles with all four joints converging together while the subject rests on either their back or stomach (traditionally).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Boys, Two (2006). Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes. City: Green Candy Press. ISBN 1-931160-49-X.
  2. ^ Bacarr, Jina (2004). The Japanese Art of Sex. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 1-880656-84-1.
  3. ^ Morey, Craig (2001). The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage. City: Greenery Press (CA). ISBN 1-890159-38-7.
  4. ^ Levitte, Joshuah. "Karada Rope Dress". Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Learning The Ropes In Bondage". Retrieved 2015-10-07.