Ancient Art of Shibari

Shibari And Kinbaku Rope Bondage Model

Shibari is Japanese for “to tie” and less known but more correctly known as “Kinbaku” (Erotic Bondage).  It is really straightforward for what it is but as simple as the name’s meaning the actual art of Shibari and it’s origins are very detailed and advanced.  So the exact origin of Shibari to no surprise is from Japan but specifically the martial art of  Hojo-Jutsu (which is also the martial art of restraining someone with rope or cord) in the years 1400-1700 roughly, it was used to humiliate and capture enemies or criminals but due to the strict respect within Japanese culture they had to treat their captive well so this was a non lethal manner of achieving this.

Brought into specifically western culture in about 19-20th century, this art translated from martial art to purely an erotic play. The main aim of Shibari is to use rope or cord and create geometric shapes around the body, if done correctly it will look beautiful and will flow with the curves and natural way of the body but it does take a long time to perfect as it is an art, much like painting.

There are also different mindsets the artist and the canvas will go through (The person performing the bounding is referred to as a Rigger and the person being bound is known as the Art) the canvas will most likely go through a trance like phase as they receive a rush of endorphin’s and the Rigger will usually experience sexual arousal or adrenaline. The act of sexual penetration isn’t usually performed during this act and both can achieve orgasm through just the rope bondage. There is an enormous amount of trust when going into this and i have attached a few photos of some beautiful Shibari art.

 

Male in Rope Art
Photo: Ancient Art of Shibari – Male in Rope Bondage

 

The photos i have attached aren’t the generic Shibari they are more artistically based by *Garth Knight and just shows how beautiful it can be done. Here is Garth Knight’s biography from beautiful bizarre:

Garth Knight is an Australian artist living and working in Sydney. His multi-disciplinary practice covers various areas including installation, sculpture, and photo media. Many of his works include the use of rope bondage pieces based in the Shibari tradition, both as erotic and sculptural forms, creating tableaux of intricate, decorative networks that connect ideas of strength and pleasure with those of surrender and abandonment. Garth uses the rope both in a decorative sense, to draw the image, as well as psychological, to place the subject and himself into a state of altered or transcendental reality which is reflected in the images.

In his latest series The Enchanted Forest each person is tied within a suspended tree constructed from rocks and ropes, a process which can take many hours. Each individual “tree” is created over of a series of images, where the rope from the previous tying is used to extend and develop the tree for the next image. In a very real sense the tree grows over the course of the series by absorbing the process that came before.

My Personal Story of My First Shibari Experience:

My first experience was at a play party; there was a Shibari artist there. I had known about it for a really long time and even had some rope, but i had never used it because I didn’t really want to with my then husband.  The guy (J*)  that bound me. He was very smart, practiced, and sweet. It was a suspension and it was more than I thought it would be. It was public, but all that disappeared through the experience. It really felt like it was just me and J*. Can I recount the actual experience? Not really, I spaced out, it was very emotional coming down and I felt very vulnerable. There was no sex or other power play involved. When i came down, I saw this lady who had taken off her top and had just taken needles out of her face. Of course, I didn’t know that, all I saw was blood dripping down her face, all over her chest. It was disorienting and a little surreal. Another girl was laying down doing fire play with someone and all I could see were shadows and blue flames riding over breasts. It was crazy! Shibari was like flying, like leaving my body.

 

About the Author:  Nick is a consultant at the Oh Zone Store, Penrith.

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The Art of Restraints!

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as the “sexual practice that involves the tying up or restraining of one partner”. There’s a certain beauty in restraints, and to be permitted to either wear or put them on a playmate is an enthralling honor. Many people misconstrue what BDSM is and believe that restraints are hand cuffs, ankle cuffs and ropes. This is profoundly incorrect to anyone that knows the art of restraints. Restraints are considered to be anything that keeps a playmate under control. It could be stretched to include that restraints can be found in the word of the master as well, in comparison to something physical. Indeed, restraints can therefore cover anything from cuffs and rope, to ball gags, hoods, bondage hooks, bondage mitts, chastity devices, collars and gags etc. The list can go on.

The art of restraints require a lot of trust between playmates, as you’re not just mentally submitting to ones whims and desires, but physically as well. It is considered a great honour to be trusted enough to wear/give someone restraints so it’s important to make sure that you respect the negotiations as to their limits, respect their desire to say no or stop, as well as to respect them in general. Restraints, in some way or another, restrict your ability to move, escape and you are no longer in control, it is a physical transference of power.

When introducing restraints to your partner, it might be a good idea to go down to your local Adult Store to check out what’s on offer. It might not be a fantastic idea to get the latest leather cuffs with lockable buckles and a unique key. It can scare your partner, and if they’re uncomfortable during a scene, then the moment can be irrevocably ruined. Some of the sets such as Mistress Bondage, Sportsheets, Manbound, Fetish Fantasy and Sex & Mischief will offer some delightfully comfortable restraint sets whilst still paying attention to comfort and durability. I prefer the sets such as the under the bed restraint kits, due to the versatility that can be offered during use. With detachable cuffs and D-Rings that with a bit of ingenuity can be attached to pretty much anything, the versatility and simplicity of some of these sets can be astounding.

Alternatively you could look at something like bondage tape. Bondage tape is a unique material which only sticks to itself, so you can be assured that you’re not going to get an unexpected waxing. The flexibility of the tape means that you can attach it to wherever you want. Maybe on a dining  table, a chair, against a fridge or a cupboard. The beauty about bondage tape is the variety of colours and that you can attach other things to the body as well. Think strapping down a body wand on your playmates thigh.

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You could do the same with rope. Rope is an item that I love to sell to people who might be just starting out in bondage or someone with advanced skills. I personally think it is one of the most versatile items we sell in our BDSM sex toy section, with endless ways to tie and restrict an individual. Rope in itself can be an extremely sexy material to play with and can completely transform someone’s body by accentuating certain features.  The art of Japanese Rope Bondage has been practiced for centuries and is an accepted art from just like paper folding called origami.  The official term is called Shibari Style Rope Bondage. The rope is soft and comfortable. This is extremely important during a struggle scenario. But I’ll be honest, rope takes time to learn. To learn Shibari you need an artistic eye and an art of perfection and my talents lie in other areas.  Dedicated Rope masters will hand create their rope as well, measuring to create the perfect lengths needed to envelop the body in such a particular way. Rope however, when done correctly is perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing of restraints of this nature.

People enjoy bondage because it involves the physical transference of power, sex within a BDSM scene isn’t necessarily of a physical nature, but you’re mentally stimulating them as well. Regardless of the scene, punishment, domination, simulated rape – the primary discourse centres around the ideology of power and to a lesser extent, the appearance of control. I say appearance due to the ideal that the sub is actually in ‘control’. For some people, it’s the rush or thrill from the feeling of having restricted movement or in contrast, the beauty of putting someone in that situation. Be sure to check out some Bondage role play ideas for some more fun!

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