What is Kinbaku?


Kinbaku is the traditional art of Japanese Rope Bondage and means “tight binding.” It descended from Hojojutsu – the martial art of restraining a person with a rope or cord. It has been evolving and growing in popularity since the 1950s. The word shibari came into common use in the West at some point in the 1990s to describe the bondage art Kinbaku.¬†While we gravitate toward the Kinbaku aesthetic, we welcome a variety of rope techniques at Studio Kinbaku.

In Japan the most often used type of rope is a loose laid, three strand jute rope. This rope is referred to as “Asanawa” usually translated as “hemp rope” the word ‘asa’ as hemp and ‘nawa’ as rope, however this is using the more generic form of the work [hemp] referring to a range of natural fibre ropes rather than those pertaining to a particular plant. In recent history a range of rope types have been used for Kinbaku in Japan though Nawashi rarely use synthetic fibre rope and most often use jute. – source: Wikipedia

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