SHIBARI : The Art Of Bondage Photographed By Konstantin Georgiev


Shibari means ‘tight binding’. It is also called Kinbaku and means a Japanese style of bondage or BDSM which involves tying up the bottom using simple yet visually intricate patterns, usually with several pieces of thin rope. The allusion is to the use of hemp rope for restraining prisoners, as a symbol of power, in the same way that stocks or manacles are used in a Western BDSM context. Since times immemorial Japanese costumes included a lot of strings, dressing has always been a cultural ritual in Japan. Every Japanese person has been taught to knit since childhood. Creation of a complicated and beautiful bending takes several hours. All persons involved in the process should be highly concentrated and patient. They are emotionally connected and should trust each other. By the way shibari is sometimes recommended to couples who have definite problems in relations. Some people practise shibari to get rid of various phobias. When you once practised shibari you start appreciate the freedom of your actions when you are not bound. When a person is bound she / he becomes absolutely helpless and those who are next to her / him have to take some care. Shibari seems to be rather cruel but in fact it needs a lot of tenderness. Each turn of a rope is made delicately and carefully not to hurt the person being bound. Sometimes shibari may leave bruises on a body. Photographer Konstantin Georgiev has found some women in Kazakhstan who like to practise shibari and made this series of photos.