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Rope Bondage Basics

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Rope Bondage Basics

This week’s kink guide is focusing on all the basics of rope bondage. What is rope bondage, you ask?

Rope bondage, in a nutshell, is the act of enjoying power play (dominant and submissive role play) with the use of ropes. There are many different kinds of ropes and knots one can employ during bondage rope roleplay and each person is particular to what he/she may like.

The Ropes:

Jute, hemp, cotton, silk, and linen are all natural materials which you can purchase to use in rope bondage. Other types are nylon, polypropylene and parachute cord which are all synthetic rope options.  Natural fibers are usually better options for beginners as they tend to be softer and more malleable against the skin. That said, they’re also much less stretchy than synthetic ropes which allow submissives more room to wiggle around. The wiggle room helps prevent circulation so just keep that in mind if you plan on using natural fibers as they don’t allow as much wiggle room despite being softer. One other thing to be aware of are rope burns which can easily occur with any rope material. Materials you want to avoid due to the danger of cutting off circulation and doing nerve damage to yourself and/or your partner include cable ties, cables, bungee cords, and sharp edge plastics. These are considered dangerous materials to use as they are much more likely to cause harm.

The Average Rope Cuts:

  • 5 Meters for Hand and Feet Rope Ties
  • 10 Meters for Small Bondage Ties (1/3 or 1/2 body ties)
  • 20 Meters are usually enough for Full Body Bondage Ties

The Knots:

  • Square Knot, Hitch (half, clove, anchor), Slipping Reef Knot, French Bowline Knot and more. There’s a more comprehensive explanation of knots here.

Different Uses for Rope Bondage:

There are many different ways you utilize rope bondage. One way is as a kind of discipline training for the submissive and encourages obedience. The loss of control for the sub will allow them to truly submit to their dominant. It can also serve as a form of punishment, predicament (how did I get here? 😉 ), and general restraints to restrict movement during any number of role play scenarios. They all have different effects during role play and should all be explored with agreed upon parties.

Rope bondage is a great way to further explore a dominant and submissive relationship, but it pays to be educated on each aspect of the role play ahead of time. This ensures the safety and comfort of both partners during said roleplay which allows more freedom to truly let go, explore, and enjoy the pleasures of a bdsm arrangement.

Good Luck!

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