Excellent give and flex, and there’s something truly awesome about the way it moves in your hands and when you’re wrapping it around someone. It makes the experience of tying someone a lot more fun. 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. I wouldn’t use this stuff for bondage at all with the core intact. It’s just stiff and cumbersome and not fun. What are the pros and cons of different types of rope? What type of rope is best for you? I have some recommendations above, under “What type of rope should I use? ”, but here are some qualtiies that will let you understand why I made those recommendations and let you better decide for yourself. You can carry a lot of it around with you. It’s not hugely expensive.
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. Again, this is related to the lack of friction. This is pretty cool because you don’t get bulky, unsightly looking knots. Nothing I’ve done to it has fixed this. It may be because it’s sort of a short fibred rope, or it might just be the stuff I got hold of.
Would definitely recommend. Tossa Jute. Would definitely recommend. Tossa Jute. All the same pros as hemp, basically, with a few more thrown in. Jute makes for extremely good photos in it’s un-dyed state. 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.
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. It’s not particularly strong with the core removed. It works well for bedroom bondage, but I wouldn’t put it under heavy load. And naturally I’ll tell you which are my favorites and why, but at the end of the day I’ll leave you to make up your own mind, based on your own sets of priorities, which may very well be different from mine. I’ll even include pictures! Aren’t I just the nicest?
Pro: Preferred for suspension as it doesn’t stretch as much and has more consistent stretch characteristics. Con: Doesn’t take dye as well. But every time I’ve used it, whatever I’ve been wearing or my partner has been wearing has wound up dusted in the stuff. It also makes things more likely to be itchy, sneezy, etc. However, I snapped a couple of pictures of it while I was at Bunnings. I can’t give you as thorough a break down on it, but I made some observations. It’s incredibly light. With the core removed, a single hank of it weighs almost nothing. I wouldn’t bother with trying to get something to look particularly pretty or to do a complex tie. That said, for restraint, this will generally get the job done.