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Why are Shibari jute ropes expensive?

Posted by Anna Barros on

This is not an unreasonable question and there are reasons for this! For starters jute ropes made for shibari are "single ply" which means that they are made in a different way to modern rope manufacturing (which tends to be "double ply"). For this reason the ropes have to come from specialist suppliers who make the ropes to this particular specification. This is an '"old school", more traditional way of making rope that is not the standard in modern industry. Secondly, when you find cheap sources of jute rope online, even if advertised as shibari rope, they will almost certainly be double...

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Anatomie guide to treating your ropes in 6 easy steps

Posted by Anna Barros on

Raw ropes can be difficult and even painful to tie with (for both partners), and it is for this reason that people prefer to buy ropes that have already been processed and treated. Ropes can be 'wet treated' or 'dry treated', but in order to wet treat ropes properly the ropes must be dried under tension or they become so bendy that they are basically unusable for shibari. Because this process involves a lot of time and space, many people prefer to 'dry treat' their ropes. This usually involves a process of breaking in the ropes by rubbing it against itself to make the...

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