In Japanese the word ‘shibari’ simply means ‘to tie.’ The contemporary meaning of the word describes an artistic form of Japanese rope bondage.
Originating from the ancient martial art, Hojojutsu, and turn of the century artist, Seiu Ito’s torture Shunga, Shibari was popularised in the 1950s Japanese erotic magazines. Now, it is an aesthetic bondage form practised across the world also described as Kinbaku.
Traditionally 8m lengths of natural fibre rope are used, with a diameter of 5-6mm. Geometric patterns are tied with rope that contrast beautifully with the human body’s natural curves.
The experience of tying is always a collaboration between the rigger and the model- the outcome of which can explore notions of visual beauty, sexuality, power exchange, relaxation and challenges of the body.