Chinese Rope Art

Use by Law Enforcement


A few of the many examples available on the internet of Chinese law enforcement using the five flowers tie (or slight variations of it).  I read in one forum that the tie is referred to as the death or executioners tie because it is mostly used for condemned prisoners.  I do not know if this is true.  You will often see a loop tied around the front of the neck.  One writer stated that this loop could be used to silence prisoners when pulled using a hand held at the prisoners back for control (as seen in the first image below left).  I also cannot verify this.  However, it is obvious that the tie was used extensively and over a long period of time. One could safely assume that some sort of instructional manual or documentation exists that teaches law enforcement personnel how to do the tie and when it should be used.

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