Chinese Rope Art


Single stranded rope - basic form - example 1.
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Start by finding the middle of your rope and placing the middle at the back of the neck.  Then wrap spirals around each arm, running the rope between the body and arm from the front, around the back of the arm and around to the front again.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When the tie is complete, a fair amount of pressure can exerted on the rope passing over the collarbone and under the arm pit.  You may want to leave some slack in the rope running around the front shoulder and at the back of the neck in order to avoid discomfort later on.  The comfort level of the tie is also greatly influenced by how tight the arm wrapping are pulled.  Wrap the spirals more loosely to increase comfort.

The number of spirals is a matter of choice.  Most often you will see 3 spirals on the upper arm (above the elbow) and 2 below the elbow.  However, 3 and 3 or 2 and 2 are also seen frequently on Chinese bondage sites.  This example uses 3 and 3.

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You will end up with both running ends going around the inside of each wrist and pointed toward the ground.  One will be between the two wrists, the other on the outside.  
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With the ropes hanging straight down (image 2), grab both running ends and wrap them toward the body and then up between the body and wrists and back down around the front wrist.  Do this twice.  The result will be 4 strands of rope running across the top of both wrists. 
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After running the ropes around the front of the outside wrist the second time, pass them up between both wrists.  Run both ropes up to and behind the neck rope.

Note: You could cinch the wrists before running the rope up to the neck rope, but this is not necessary as a cinch will be created later (see image 7 below).

Note: You can greatly influence the severity of the tie by the amount you pull the wrists up between the shoulder blades.  If the bindee is very flexible, it is possible to pull the wrists up so that they form an X pattern.  This can add great deal of pressure to the rope running around each shoulder and through each arm pit and can be very uncomfortable.  Remember, this tie originated as a method of securing prisoners and was designed to be strict.

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After running both ropes behind the neck loop, pull them down and between the wrists opposite their origin.
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Wrap under the wrists and come up on the opposite side. 
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Start wrapping both vertical stem ropes.

Note: this wrapping is creating a cinch of the wrists by pulling the two vertical strands of double rope together.

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Continue wrapping the vertical stem up towards the neck rope keeping the stands flat and neat.
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When you reach the top of the vertical stem, pass one rope through the loop while passing the other behind.  
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Then wrap the rope you pulled through the rope back around the back side of the stem rope.  This will give you two ropes running in opposite directions around the stem so you can tie them off with a square knot.  The same result can be accomplished by passing the rope through the loop from the back of the stem as pictured here.
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 The finished tie.


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