What’s the fascination with SHIBARI rope work? #BDSM #erotic bondage

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As you might have guessed from the name ‘Shibari’ is a Japanese word. Translated literally, it means ‘Decoratively Tied.’ The word didn’t enter the West until around the 1990s and it was a way to describe the bondage art known as ‘Kanbaku’ or ‘tight binding.’

Shibari concerns the more decorative, aesthetic use of rope, and practitioners can often be considered artists as the patterns they weave are often extremely time consuming and intricate. It is used within the erotic bondage and BDSM community, for things such as suspension play and friction. The positions can be both pleasurable and uncomfortable, depending on the whim of the dominant and the nature of the rope.

Traditional Japanese bondage is often performed using vegetable fibre rope such as jute, linen or hemp, although these days a much wider range of materials are in use.

How do people feel when they’re tied up?

They often report a feeling of heightened awareness all throughout their body and increased sexual tension. Some confess that it has a calming effect or almost meditative quality. It also produces feelings of powerlessness or helplessness, which is often desired in a the dominant/submissive relationship.

The History of Shibari

Shibari dates back to the 1400s when it was originally used as a form of incarceration and torture. Back then, there were no prisons and metal was a scare commodity. Samurai carriers were rated on how well on they took care of their prisoners, and one of the tenets was to ensure that their prisoners did not slip their bonds – hence Shibari was born.

 

Want to see more SHIBARI? Check out my pinterest board HERE. 

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