Shibari defined by Wikipedia 

Kinbaku (緊縛?) means 'tight binding'Kinbaku-bi (緊縛美?) which literally means 'the beauty of tight binding'. Kinbaku is a Japanese  style of Bondage or BDSM which involves tying up the bottom using simple yet visually intricate patterns, usually with several pieces of thin rope (often jute,  hemp or linen and generally around 6 mm in diameter, but sometimes as small as 4 mm, and between 7 – 8 m long). In Japanese, this natural-fibre rope is known as 'asanawa'; the Japanese vocabulary does not make a distinction between hemp and jute. The allusuon is to the use of hemp rope for restraining prisoners, as a symbol of power, in the same way that stocks or manacles are used in a Western BDSM context. The word shibari came into common use in the West at some point in the 1990s to describe the bondage art Kinbaku. 

Shibari (縛り?) is a Japanese word that literally means "Decoratively Tie".

 

Shibari defined by photographer, rigger Hikari Kesho 

Shibari, more correctly known as Kinbaku is an ancient Japanese artistic form of rope bondage that has many styles and uses. It is related in style to other traditional Japanese arts such as Ikebana, Sumi-e (black ink painting) and Chanoyu (the tea ceremony). Among the many uses of Shibari are dynamic living sculpture, shared meditative practice, deep relaxation for flexibility of mind and body, expression of power exchange, and intimate erotic restraint.

In Shibari (the action of tying someone up) the Nawashi (rope artist) creates almost geometric patterns and shapes that contrast wonderfully with the female body's natural curves and recesses. Visually, the tight ropes and their texture provide a counterpoint to smooth skin and curves. The hard edges of the rope reinforce the softness of the body's graceful shape: the model is like a canvas, and the rope is paint and brush. This contrast is even emphasized by the use of Junoesque models, whose generous curves are squeezed by the ropes to create more pronounced shapes and shadows.

From antiquity to today, religious ceremonies in Japan involve ropes and ties to symbolize connections among people and the divine, as well as to delineate sacred spaces and times.

 

Glossary

 

Body Positioning - Arms

Strappado (Straight Arms behind the back)

Tengu (Demon Pose = Hands close to the shoulders folded by the elbow, lateral)

TK (Ushiro Takakate Kote Shibari = Box Tie = Arms behind the back folded by the elbow),

Waki Sarashi (Bunny Ears = Pillow Hands = Hands behind the head)

 

Body Positioning - Legs

Agura (Crossed Legs in the front)

Cobbler's Pose (Sole to Sole in the front)

Kiza (Aikido Kneeling Position)

Seiza (Japanese Seating Position, kneeling)

 

Full Body Positions

Ebi (Shrimp) - Seated on the floor in Agura Bent Forward Position

Gyaku-Ebi (Reverse Shrimp) - Laying on the floor face down in Backbend Position

 

Frictions

“L friction”, “X friction”, "Flag friction" (the friction against/around the ring/carabiner on a suspension line), “Half-Moon Friction”

 

Gear

Bamboo, carabiner, rigging plate, ring (metal/wood), WykD Dave Hybrid Ring (ring with one carabiner), Lyra

 

Hitches

Half hitch (Yuki knot), Munter hitch, Reverse Munter (Twist & Shout), Inverted Munter, Cow hitch (Lark’s head)

 

Knots

Overhand knot, sheet bend (weaver's knot = extending the rope), slip knot, square knot (reef knot), water knot (https://d1vs4ggwgd7mlq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/Article-Images/How-to-climb/HTC_knots-ring-bend-detail.jpg)

 

Techniques

3TK or three-rope TK (a TK that contains 3 structures. Example: upper wrap; lower wrap; 3rd wrap varies in shape/form/pattern and purpose).

Australian bite / Kinoko bite (double bite used in up-lines, we call this the Yukimura knot)

Hojo cuff (inline single column tie)

Somerville bowline (single column, reverse single column, double column, and inline - please check Topologist's and/or WykD Dave's websites and/or Youtube channels)

WykD Dave Suspension Join (吊り, can be found on YouTube)

"Y" hanger - special type of single column tie usually used for up-lines

Straight Tension, Reverse Tension (ladder)

 

Concepts

Aibunawa (caressing rope)

Semenawa (torture/tormenting rope)

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