I realize that what I just wrote may be true, but it’s not actually useful. In fact, I’ve seen people exhibit immense frustration over such responses. Con: Poly pro or mixed material does not take color well or consistently. Con: Stretches in inconsistent/unpredictable ways. Let’s start with cotton. To your right is a picture of braided cotton rope from one of the many 1-8 dollar shops in my city. Somewhat pricey, it comes in a variety of lays (“lay” refers to how tightly it’s twisted together). The tighter the lay, the stiffer and more durable the rope tends to be. It’s not particularly strong with the core removed. It works well for bedroom bondage, but I wouldn’t put it under heavy load.
If I was going to use this rope, I’d basically stick to your more simple column based ties for restraint. I wouldn’t bother with trying to get something to look particularly pretty or to do a complex tie. Because it’s a natural fibre rope with decent tooth, you can do shibari and other styles of rope that rely on friction over knots, which is pretty great. You can take some great pictures with it; the rope in these pictures is that same cotton braid. (On the plus side, it’s not expensive to replace when you do cut it.). There is another type of cotton rope I’ve seen, which I picked up at a Mitre 10 a couple years back for fairly cheap.
Con: Stretches in inconsistent/unpredictable ways. Not recommended for suspension. Likely to get a very good life span with it. It feels really soft and smooth; very good flex, too. It actually polishes up and becomes shinier and smoother with use. That’s right, it doesn’t degrade. For our purposes though, what’s great about this bondage rope is the way it feels. Which is basically incredibly soft and smooth, but with enough solidity and weight to it to give it a real feeling of authority when you put it around someone’s wrists, legs, what have you.
Which is fantastic! It’s always great to have some idea of exactly how much your rope can take. For our purposes though, what’s great about this bondage rope is the way it feels. Can be either scratchy or soft, depending on the conditioning process. You can almost see the scratchiness. Mine certainly have: I went from feeling “so-so” about hemp to loving it, just by getting a different supplier. I hope this post was useful for people wanting to learn about the different types of rope!
If you like shopping on the internet for your rope (either because it’s hard to find cotton rope near you or because you prefer your bondage gear to arrive in anonymous parcels), then you can buy cotton rope here instead. Let’s face it, sometimes the Internet is just more convenient. End post. Answered the whole question, just like that. Bondage rope and what kind of rope is best for bondage? This is the kind of question I come across all the time on rope bondage groups and at beginners workshops. And the answer is, inevitably (drum-roll please):. Research your dye carefully though. Hemp Bondage Rope. Twisted Monk makes amazing rope explicitly designed for bondage. If you buy from them through a link on my site, they give me a small percentage.