What is shibari?

What is shibari?

In Japanese, “shibari” simply means “to tie”. The origin of shibari lie in the Edo period of Japan during which the Samurai would use rope for capture and restraint of criminals (a martial art called Hojo-jutsu).

It isn’t until the the early 1900’s however, after the end of the Edo period, that rope bondage becomes a source of erotic imagery in drawings and paintings. Ito Seiu in particular is recognised as the ‘father of modern kinbaku/shibari’.

The popularisation of shibari in recent years has meant that shibari is moving beyond its taboo origins and developing into an art form in its own right.

In shibari the model is the canvas, the rope is the paint and brush, and the rigger is the rope artist.

Welcome to the UK’s first and only shibari studio!

Girl tied up with flowers

Anatomie Studio provides a nesting place for the London rope and shibari community to interact, exchange, examine, create, experiment and develop. The space boasts wooden suspension beams and mats throughout.

How can you learn rope? Click here!

What’s it like in the studio? Click here!

Want to get tied? Read this!

Here, you will find a calm, friendly and safe haven to discover and explore the practice of rope and shibari. At Anatomie you are able to enjoy weekly rope practice jams and socials, shibari classes, and performance evenings.

For more information about our regular events, check the ‘What’s on‘ tab.

Anatomie is an inclusive community-focused project, providing a clean and affordable venue for the rope community in London and beyond.

Everyone is welcome.

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