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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
A playful, less restrictive form of rope bondage is a common magic trick at cabaret performances

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

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HistoryEdit

Rope bondage 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] The rope dress is not of itself a form of restraint, but is used either by itself as an adornment, or incorporated into restraining bondage.[4]

MaterialsEdit

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 into approximately 25 foot (7.6 m) 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

TechniqueEdit

Western bondage is about achieving restraint; the Japanese are more concerned with the artistry of the process.[5]

SpreadeagleEdit

 
A BDSM Cage and St Andrew's cross

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

St. Andrew's CrossEdit

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

Chair tieEdit

 
A woman bound to a chair at BoundCon 2013

This is one form of furniture bondage, which has multiple forms. The subject can be 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. This can be combined with suspension.

Suspension bondageEdit

 
An example of suspension bondage at the Exxxotica Expo in 2013

HogtieEdit

 
A woman who has been hogtied

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ Winkler, Lawrence (2016). Samurai Road. Bellatrix. ISBN 9780991694181. Retrieved 23 August 2019.