Rope Care and Info

The probably most common question we get is what you need rope. So here we hope to provide some guidance and tips. One of the key tools we use in Shibari is precisely rope, and as an extension of yourself, but also for inspiration in the meeting. You will need to choose a rope that feels right for you, but having said that, there are a couple of recommendations we gladly provide for you that is new. Rope for various purposes Rope can be used for many different things, and can be customized to make some of them a little better. If you want to make art can color play a role, you want to play sensuous games might smell and feel is more important, you want to make acrobatic plays shibari strength and speed role. Here we will provide guidance for shibari carried out on the ground for beynnande abilities, when you come deeper we think you both know more what you want and who you can ask. Materials, length and width Shibari is based on easily add rope around a form, and to do that we use very few knots, relying on the rope friction and the soft tissues can hold everything in place.

12074972_579963605501316_1098660629549294153_nTo get the needed friction rope that is uneven, and it suits the natural material just fine.
Jute and hemp are two very common materials with historic roots, it was simply what was available in Japan,
including mixtures with Lin have started to occur here in the West. The differences between hemp and jute are not so big,
Hemp gives a soft and a little stronger Jute fiber while providing a more raucous and lighter feel.
Lin is even heavier, softer and more durable, which is why it is often mixed with hemp. Jute is probably a little more common among hard-core enthusiasts, perhaps because it has more historical Japanese ancestry.
Hemp is much easier to get here in Sweden. When it comes to length is the most common 7-8 meters,
or about 4 fathoms, which is easy to handle and provides just the right bit many times around a typical European body. As for the thickness of the ropes is common with 5-6 mm wider rope is stronger and more convenient, but cumbersome to handle.
Narrower risk rope cutting into the skin or get off at the high load. Treat rope Hamparep can be used as they are from the store, they will be quite fuzzy,
making it the dizzy pretty good about them when you first use them, it is not dangerous, but leave fibers on clothing. Juterep when machine combined are lubricated with Jute Batching Oil, JBO,
it is a petro-chemical in contact with water to form hydrogen sulfide, which is highly toxic.
The only way to get rid of it is through dry clean or steam away, the latter can be dangerous.
If you buy juterep, buy them without JBO.

12799098_579962822168061_4964184903903970002_nBreaking into ropes
Other treatments that is common is to “break into” ropes, burn lint and grease and wax them. And also to fix the ends. To break the rope is made for them to be softer and smoother to use. What you do is to break up the fibers of the rope, which roughly corresponds fairly intense wear. This can most easily be done by pulling it against a hard surface with a soft edge, such as a carabiner or a door handle in steel. In the bend broken fibers and the rope becomes softer. One can usefully combine this with pulling the rope towards himself to roughen lint before burning, wrap the rope three laps itself and dragging. Other treatments – burn the rope One can get rid of some of the fluff on the rope by pulling it over a gas flame. It is important that the flame is hot, otherwise the rope very sooty. Light burns typically at low temperature. A simple way is to pull the rope through the flame, turning the rope and pull again. Pull slowly enough to lint will catch fire, but not the thicker rope. After you sweat lint will be a little rope fouled, the best dried with a clean cloth.


If one wants to repeat last longer and / or feel softer one can lubricate the rope. Typical oils are baby oil, coconut oil, camelliaolja (sometimes called teaseed oil) and jojoba oil. Camelliaolja and jojoba oil are nice because they remind of the skin’s own fatty acids and provides a silky feel on the skin, in addition, they have a golden yellow color that flatters jute and hemp. Do you even rope should not be quite so oily you can mix the oil with wax, for example, beeswax. Add lubricant on a cloth and pull the rope through, remember to move the rope in the cloth or replenish with oil, so its entire length is treated. Then pull the rope a few times by hand to distribute ropegoo evenly and massage it a bit in the fibers.

12512355_579964978834512_1442103320291762259_nRope Ends

The ends must also be taken care of so that no rope fray themselves . The two main ways to do this is with a knot or with Whipping . Knut is more traditional, while Whipping last longer. An easy way is to make a knot in the end , among the simplest is the usual knot , ” the knot ” , but more exotic varieties available . Often Thistle Knot ( with extra Whipping ) or Matthew Walker’s grumbling , but this is the opportunity to make ropes unique , select a knot you like so you can always find your rope . Whippings are available in many different varieties , but among the best is segelmakartagling . It is easiest to do with a needle , but it can be done without.

Keep and maintain rope

So, when you have their ropes as you want them, how does one ensure that they stay that way? The first is to ensure that the rope be kept dry and well ventilated to prevent mold and the like, the best-kept loosely garlanded and hung indoors on a hook eg Additionally, make sure that they do not receive unnecessary bends or small debris itself. Make sure not to wrap the rope tight and being walked or put weight on them. Rep who trampled on the ground can easily smågrus itself that can be left and cut the rope until it breaks. Also make sure that no chafing or rubbing unnecessarily on your rope, especially sharp edges at risk of damaging your rope properly. When you are transporting the ropes during brief moments can handle almost anything, just make sure they get aired when not using them, so make sure they last long. To repeat itself should retain the qualities you want may be necessary to maintain it sometimes. The most common is that you need to add a little more lubrication, which is easily done with its repsmörjmedel on a cloth then pulled along the length of the rope. Then pull the rope through the hands a few times, until smörjet evenly distributed in the rope. Often the ropes faster worn in the middle, which is why you sometimes want to move it, then one can easily cut an inch from one end and make a new end. More advanced repunderhåll can be done, you can retighten the rope, burn the fluff or balance rope, this is not something that should be required for your first rope. But feel free to ask us about your rep will not be restored after maintenance so we can tell.

Where can I buy rope?
We always have some rope to buy at our events, you know you want to buy the rope, we appreciate if you let us know in advance so we can ensure that there are enough of you. Untreated ropes are purchased most easily by Pille Repmakarn in Stockholm or Rope Museum in Älvängen. If you want specialized tågvirken or finished rope is among Europe’s largest retailer Esinem, we can also offer tips on how to get in contact with private dealers, just ask!

Good luck with your new ropes!

Bound <3