Japanese: 麻縄

A catch-all phrase Japanese-style bondage rope made of hemp or jute. The Japanese vocabulary does not make a distinction between hemp and jute. Asanawa from jute could be called “juta-asa”.

Shibari rope is usually 7-9 meters in length and between 6 to 8 mm in width, but many other variations are possible.

Usually a knot is tied at each end so that these “buttons” can be used to holds the rope-ends in place.

Various nawashi use different methods for treating their ropes to increase their suppleness and longevity.