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Bondage: the ropes


Ropes are, for us and for many, the best materials for bondage. They look well over the skin, were used throughout history for the purpose, and are what we grew up seeing on movies and TV, so it matches our fantasies of prisoners. Only they require knowing a little about knots, but not too much for our games, as you will see in the corresponding article.

Ropes can be found almost anywhere, but don’t forget to check in sailboat shops. Sailboats use many kinds of rope, mostly synthetic nowadays.

Types of ropes

For our games, there are two main types of ropes, twisted and braided.

Twisted ropes are the traditional ones, made for centuries along history. A rope is made of long fibers, vegetable then, mostly synthetic now.

Those fibers are twisted into "yarns". Three of these yarns are made fast at one point, and then individually twisted, all in the same direction and at the same time, at the other point. As the tension of the twisting increases, the three yarns will coil one around the other in the opposite direction, forming the rope.


The usual way for making thicker rope is beginning the same twisting procedure with three thinner ropes.

The twisted rope can be smooth or rough, depending on the material. It bytes more into the skin, it doesn’t slide easily, and after some time, leaves beautiful diagonal bondage marks on the sub’s skin which can last from minutes to some hours, depending on the rope’s type and the sub’s skin. .

Braided rope is usually made of a soft braided skin over a core of untwisted or twisted fibers. The materials on the cover and the core can be similar or different.


Even if they are not as traditional and do not leave as beautiful marks on the sub, they are softer on the skin, and usually easier to slide, knot and handle.

The braided rope could have no core, in which case it is called a “hollow braid”. It can also be solid, braided for all the rope thickness. Solid braid is firm, round and tightly woven. Finally, it could be braid over an also braided core, which is called “braid on braid”, very strong and expensive.

There are other types of “ropes”, some of them found easily, as those that are made of a single strand of plastic, or plastic coated rope, that are sold everywhere for clotheslines. They are of no use in our games, because they are too thin and not strong enough.


The original, historical ropes were made with twisted natural fibers. Even when they look good over the skin, they usually feel rough and hard. Hemp and jute are commonly used for bondage.

As for the synthetic materials,


Which one?

The ones commonly used for bondage are hemp and yute, among the natural fiber ones, and, the most frequently used, nylon among the synthetic. We like cotton and Dacron, not so easy to find.

There are several matters to consider when selecting the rope you will use for bondage:

Published: 02/24/05

Rev: 04/26/05; 10/12/05


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