How to Store Rope

What you do with your jute rope while it's in-and-out-of-your-hands determines its overall integrity and longevity. This includes your decisions about how to store rope for shibari and other erotic play.

You can have the most perfectly processed piece of rope in the world, but it won't stay that way without proper care.

These things directly affect your jute rope:

  • Excessive heat
  • Excessive light
  • Excessive moisture

So, let's dive right in on how to store rope without damaging its integrity.

How to Store Rope the
Right Way

You can avoid the aforementioned issues by learning how to store rope in a sealed container away from any heat sources. A solid storage container keeps your rope away from moisture and sunlight, too.

Ideally, however, refrain from storing your shibari supplies in a plastic bin, as this may cause the rope to sweat.

When placing your bondage rope in its new container, make sure it’s not all twisted up, or coiled too tightly.

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This is because jute rope retains positional memory. In other words, if it stays in one position for too long, it’ll stay in that position well past the time you want it to.

In addition to the container, take into consideration the rooms temperature and where you can store your rope.

Ideally, the room’s temperature should be at or below room temp. When placing your ropes, it’s best to hang them loosely over a rail.

Hanging your jute rope allows it to relax in a more natural manner, and provides solid airflow when it’s not in use. Opt for a horizontal rail at least 6-feet high, and permits a 26-foot folded rope to hang without touching the floor.

Maintain Your Rope During Play and Storage

While it's important to know the basics of how to store rope, it's just as necessary to understand how to properly handle it during play!

Whenever you use your jute bondage rope, be cognizant of where you shove your fingers. You can damage your equipment, if you accidentally poke a finger through one of the strands.

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While a tight lay rope helps prevent this, the filaments will be under greater stress—depending on the twist dynamics—which makes the rope feel harder. A lose lay rope is much easier to damage, owing to improper handling.

As you journey through learning the art of shibari, it will take practice to perfect your technique. When hooking a line to draw under wraps, use your middle finger instead of your index finger. Thats because your middle finger is longer and stronger.

Make it easier to push your finger through with the knuckles against the rope bottoms skin, by wetting your fingertip with the inside of your bottom lip.

Of course, there are better positions than others, for placing the hook. Its best against compliant skin, over thin skin and bone. This is because pressure can be applied to provide space for the hook, without causing pain.

Always ensure you have good purchase on the line you want to hook. If you lose grip and have to grab it again underneath a wrap, you increase the chances of damage.

For safety reasons, certain ties require knots and bindings to be tight. However, an overly tight knot or binding is more difficult to undo, and may over stress the rope, which can lead to breaking filaments within the yarn.

A well-cabled rope assists the grip of the knot or binding.

As previously mentioned, poking a finger through a rope’s strands can cause serious damage. That’s because local twist dynamics are compromised and the rope goes out of balance.

(Learn about other jute rope imperfections here)

Assuming the damage isn’t too substantial, you can repair the twist by sliding your grip backwards and forwards along the rope, in order to reestablish integrity.

Don’t apply too much pressure, as it may damage the rope further.

The area most susceptible to damage is the loop, otherwise known as the bight.

If you feel this area is showing signs of wear, prevent it from worsening, by shortening one end of the rope. This shifts the original loop position, and a new one becomes available.

shibari rope storage best practices

Avoid passing your ropes over sharp or small radius fixings, when tension is applied—especially if the rope is dry and/or unconditioned.

The stress generates breakage in the filaments and compromises the overall strength. Prevent lines from rubbing against each other, when under tension.

While jute bondage rope is light and easy to work with and generally friendly for the skin—assuming there aren’t any unwanted chemicals.

When to Remove Any Ropes from Your Rotation

That being said, it won’t last forever with continuous use. Get familiar with qualities that scream, “This rope is ready to be retired!”

One of the best ways to do this is to inspect them after every scene. You’ll observe how they change over time, and will clue you in to when you should recondition them.

Maintain them by re-singeing in a blue flame, then applying a light coat of oil or wax will increase the life of your ropes.

If you've already done that, though, then you're likely in the market for some new bondage rope.

Pick some up from one of our resellers, like The Little Bondage Shop.

Now you know the secret how to store rope for shibari, so you can safely participate in Japanese bondage and other erotic play