I’m going to go over the kinds of rope pictured above, from left to right. Helpfully, I’ve arranged them from cheapest to most expensive. This is pretty cool because you don’t get bulky, unsightly looking knots. Small knots; sits flat over skin. Basically all the same cons as the one just above, with the addition of bulkier knots due to the increased thickness of it. Weighs more than the one above, but that’s not a massive issue. It actually polishes up and becomes shinier and smoother with use. That’s right, it doesn’t degrade. Con: Poly pro or mixed material does not take color well or consistently. Con: Stretches in inconsistent/unpredictable ways.

Again, not recommended for shibari, but everything else goes, and I’ve heard that there are actually dyes which will change the colour of nylon. As I’ve only ever seen it in white, that means you should get a good result if you decide to go down that route. You don’t need to spend a lot of time maintaining it after the initial treatment. It actually polishes up and becomes shinier and smoother with use. Durability; Tossa Jute can take a lot of use before it begins to wear. Because of the tight construction, it also doesn’t tend to “high strand” or deform with strands moving out of place.

This is a very thin plastic webbing; it is not something you want to get too close to a naked flame, because it will melt. I strongly suspect that if you get droplets of hot wax on it, that it will cause stiff melted crackly bits in your rope, and that’s just not going to be pleasant for either the person tying or the person being tied. Twisted Monk makes amazing rope explicitly designed for bondage. If you buy from them through a link on my site, they give me a small percentage. Depending on the source of your rope, it can be a real pain in the ass of a rope for a beginner, because the knots in what I got from the 1-8 dollar shop compact down like you wouldn’t believe. You can spend ages trying to unpick those things, which leads to swearing and frustration and a general lack of cool. I was in an experimental mood, so I bought some and took it home with me. Wasn’t terribly expensive; maybe 15 dollars for a bundle?

Weighs more than the one above, but that’s not a massive issue. Summary:. Many may be satisfied with cotton. And tastes and priorities may change, which is cool. Likely to get a very good life span with it. It feels really soft and smooth; very good flex, too.

Knowing they cannot escape tends to be part of what does it for them…). If, after practicing a while, you like rope bondage enough to invest more, then look at hemp or jute, processed to be soft. It’s generally pricier than anything synthetic, and my understanding is that it’s used a lot over in the US. It usually comes in twisted form as opposed to braided. As a solid braid, this is much stronger than the polypropylene webbing mentioned above. However, more importantly, this stuff is rated. Wasn’t terribly expensive; maybe 15 dollars for a bundle? I wouldn’t use this stuff for bondage at all with the core intact. Pro: Nylon and MFP takes dye very well, resulting in brilliant color. Con: Poly pro or mixed material does not take color well or consistently.