Chinese Rope Art
The five flowers tie advanced
The following examples demonstrate how
to build on the basic forms to further increase both the visual appeal and functionality
of the five flowers tie.
One limitation of the basic forms in terms
of effectiveness is the lack of anything preventing the arms from being
pulled away from each other. Pulling the arms together with a
horizontal connecting rope greatly limits the mobility of the arms.
Examples 1 & 2 demonstrate two methods of accomplishing this.
Other options for limiting mobility include
pulling the wrists higher up into the center of the back in an X pattern,
and the use of neck ropes. Pulling the wrists higher can make this tie
extremely effective but also very painful for your subject unless he or she
is especially flexible. Many of the "prisoner" examples that are seen use
this technique for its harshness. Ropes that cross the front of the neck
obviously need to be used with extreme caution for all the usual reasons,
but they can provide an extra measure of security for the particularly
escape-minded subject. Neck ropes and X-crossed wrists are not shown in the
examples here at this time, but we may add them as time permits.
Another possible criticism of the basic
forms is its overall lack of visual "excitement." The use of arching or
connecting ropes between the arm spirals changes this. The creative possibilities
are endless. Examples 3 & 4 demonstrate two creative embellishments
to the basic form that greatly add to its visual appeal, at least when viewed
from behind. Future examples will detail other creative extensions
that influence the appearance of the tie from the front. In the
meantime, the creative ideas section demonstrates numerous finished ties
that go well beyond the basic form.