Shibari

Our Definition

a Japanese word which translates as “to tie (decoratively)”, commonly used internationally to describe the Japanese art of rope bondage involving intricate woven patterns and complex knots. The practice is known in Japan as “Kinbaku” which translates as “tight binding.”

Real Life Examples

Wendie uses colorful rope to tie harnesses with beautiful knots, both on herself and on others. 

Yule incorporates decorative knots into harnesses used for rope suspension. 

It makes Hugo feel very special to be tied up in elaborate knots; like a gift to be unwrapped.

Common Practices &

Experiences 

Everyone is different! You'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary. Common practices and experiences involving shibari include, but certainly aren't limited to:

  • Taking classes, workshops, or subscribing to video tutorials. 
  • Starting with the foundation of learning different knots.
  • Learning knots and then altering them to your own unique tastes. 
  • Use of specific types of rope depending on what type of bondage is being planned, and also depending on personal preferences. 
  • Having safety shears on hand. 
  • Learning safety precautions and specific practices regarding suspension from an experienced party. 

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