Knots that look so-so with cotton or synthetic somehow look amazing with jute.

That doesn’t mean you can’t do it; it won’t catastrophically weaken your rope, but with successive washes I would start keeping a much closer eye on how much load I put on it. You need to dry it under tension, or it will shrink and thicken unevenly. I realize that what I just wrote may be true, but it’s not actually useful. In fact, I’ve seen people exhibit immense frustration over such responses. Summary:. Hemp will do the job, and do it well – but you might want to source it from a known and trusted supplier, as opposed to an anonymous source (a “learn from my mistakes” moment! ) I’ve found hemp to be very different depending on where I got it from – and my Twisted Monk stuff is actually really up there. Good flex and texture. It is considerably stronger than the Zen rope I just mentioned; and again, is rated. Your ties may not stay in exactly the same place as you put them, riding up or down, etc. It’s not particularly aesthetic.

Yes, I had to break it in fairly extensively; but once that was done, it’s always served me well. It looks great on a person, particularly after it’s shined up, and is just a really sweet, responsive rope that does pretty much whatever I ask of it. Summary:. If I was going to use this rope, I’d basically stick to your more simple column based ties for restraint. Hemp, Jute, Sisal, Cotton, Coconut. “Synthetic Fiber” Ropes:.

It’s easily accessible; cheaper than most bondage ropes, it has decent tooth (essentially, friction; what holds your knots and stuff together), it’s washable, and it’s decently strong. It is possible to dye it. But what I like really isn’t that important. Different people will have different priorities. What was left wouldn’t be as strong, but it might very well be suitable for bedroom tying. I was in an experimental mood, so I bought some and took it home with me. It actually polishes up and becomes shinier and smoother with use. That’s right, it doesn’t degrade.

Different people will have different priorities. Those who care less about appearance or who are less attracted to shibari may go down the nylon route. There is another type of cotton rope I’ve seen, which I picked up at a Mitre 10 a couple years back for fairly cheap. I’ve included a picture for reference, so you can distinguish between the two. Approximately 100 metres left of my Precious. Again, when washed, boiled etc it tends to degrade.

A Bunnings, Mitre 10, or other hardware store will have you covered for most things; the Internet will get the rest. You’re going to need a decent diameter on your rope. And to be honest, I’d much rather be helpful. So I’m going to go into the pros and cons of a few different ropes. Apparently it is often used as boat rope, so I’d say it’s fairly hardwearing and durable. Likely to get a very good life span with it. Mine certainly have: I went from feeling “so-so” about hemp to loving it, just by getting a different supplier. I hope this post was useful for people wanting to learn about the different types of rope! Those who care less about appearance or who are less attracted to shibari may go down the nylon route. Many may be satisfied with cotton.

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