Treating and caring for your shibari ropes

We’ve written a couple of blog posts over on our online store about rope treatment, rope care and how to choose the oils and waxes for your ropes. These are based on the most frequent questions we get about this in the studio and online.

We’ll be writing about ropes and other shibari related materials and equipment on our blog, so take a peek if you’re a rope geek like us!


Learn how to treat and maintain your ropes!

We are running a practical hands-on evening class on how to treat rope next week! We get so many questions in the studio about rope treatment and rope care, so why not come find out all about it in a fun and informative class?

Rope Treatment 101 (description & details)

Ever wondered why some people’s ropes feel nicer than your own? Desperate to get rid of that petrol smell? Or just curious about what this jute rope stuff is that you’re tying with? In this class I’ll be showing you how to take so-called “raw” or unprocessed jute ropes and make them suitable for use on your partner!

We will cover:

β€’ Jute rope terms/types (tossa, asanawa, single and double ply), and the advantages of each
β€’ What creates the unpleasant petrochemical smell, and how to get rid of it safely
β€’ Different choices for oils (tsubaki, horse, jojoba etc) and beeswax to put on rope, and what they do
β€’ Treatment choices (boiling, baking, steaming, singeing, ‘binering’ etc)
β€’ How to maintain and upkeep your ropes (hanking, hanging, how to store rope, how to deal/fix high stranding etc)

This class is very hands-on: everyone will treat one piece of jute rope under guidance (one 4m length will be provided to you), from steaming the rope, removing the fuzzies on a gas stove, through to oiling and waxing. You’ll also get an extra 4m length piece of rope to experiment with on your own time.

Event listing here.