When done well, it is incredibly beautiful. I spoke to five people for whom shibari is a intrinsic part of their lives and asked them what makes them want to play with ropes. Djfet runs the South Coast Shibari group — I asked her what attracted her to such an unusual craft. Some like the control of binding someone else, others enjoy the intense emotional connection. They want to feel bound, beautiful and feminine — just as I did when I first started.
[NSFW] A Brief History of Japanese Rope Bondage - VICE
Rope bondage is made up of many different ties; but the first one anyone should learn is the single column tie. By writing this post, I figured out what my three favourite single column ties were, and why. Why columns? Your arms and wrists are columns. Your torso is a column. Your legs are columns.
[NSFW] A Brief History of Japanese Rope Bondage
Taut lines, complex designs, and knots that would make a sailor blush are bound together in the art of kinbaku , or erotic Japanese rope bondage. Artists and enthusiasts have adopted the practice, bringing doses to the public in fashion magazines and art galleries alike. A search for kinbaku on Instagram yields an infinite scroll of over 60, tagged posts. To the uninitiated, kinbaku might seem like the latest in pop-BDSM, but the tradition evolved over centuries before making it to the smutty, nipple-free crannies of social media. Just as the tools of Western subjugation have become the subject of fantasy, rope has had a similar pattern of expression.
Bondage is arguably the most accessible part of the erotic quadruplet we call BDSM. You can approach is as a type of sexual play, or you can enjoy it aesthetically via subcultural style or high fashion. Regardless of why those who practice bondage like to be tied up, bound, or tightly constricted, there can be a psychological benefit to bondage in helping to reduce anxiety. A recent New York Magazine article features a group of Shibari also called Kinbaku or Japanese rope bondage practitioners who enjoy the sensation of being tied up with breathtakingly intricate knots and sometimes hung from hooks in that state.