Classic Karada (Rope Dress)
This classic tie is sometime called a “rope dress”. It is attractive and a great anchor for additional layers and ties. Its diamond patterns and tight lacing is lovely and stimulating for both parties. It can be worn for quite a long period and people have been known to wear them under clothes for a bit of surreptitious public bondage. This model is about 5'3" with the type of build you see. On her, I used about 30-35' of rope for this tie.
For this tie, I used one 30'(~9m) piece of
Twisted Monk Natural 6mm.
They make amazing rope!
Cool Features: This can be made quite tight, but keep in mind the warning below. When you take this off, it leaves beautiful rope marks for a little while. It also has a "happy knot" feature that can add a nice twist if you include a figure 8 knot or chain stitch.
Warning: Be sure to check our Safety page for important information about tight chest harnesses when combined with tight waste restraints. This has both, so make sure that your partner has no interfereance with his or her breathing.
2. Make an overhand knot to hold the middle point. Start by putting two fingers behind the tails as shown.
I recommend you develop a standard approach to all your basic knots. This will allow your knots to all look the same, adding symmetry, improving the look of your bondage, and upping your style points :) Here is my approach, which is pretty fast, controlled and consistent.
3. Twist your fingers up in front of the tail to form a loop…
This picture isn't as helpful as I would like, the video shows this point much more clearly…
4. ...then use your two fingers to grab the tail…
5. …pull the tail up through the loop…
6. …and through…
7. …to make the overhand knot
I took a bunch of steps to talk through this fundamental process because if you master this, you can do it in seconds, and do it consistently. Speed and confidence really ups your Dom score….
8. You want only a ~1 inch loop at this end
9. Place the end of the loop in the middle of the shoulder blades
10. Drape the two sides of the rope on either side of the neck and tie an overhand knot
11. Tie another overhand knot.
The knot should be just below the clavicle when the loop at the back is between the shoulder blades
12. The next know will go between the breast, on the sternum.
Not the distance here. All the rest of the knots should be this same distance so that the diamonds of the finished bondage are consistent.
13. Tie another overhand knot. This one between the breasts.
14. You want the same distance between the other knots as between the first two
15. Like this
16. When you are at roughly the level of the upper hip, you stop putting knots at regular intervals
Natasha here is pretty short, so I only need four knots. If your partner has a long torso, you may end with 5.
17. You can optionally add one more knot that is intended to be positioned directly on the clit to make the dress more ...interesting... for your partner. I used a figure 8 knot for mine.
18. This will likely be at a different distance from the knot above as the others have been.
19. Position the "happy knot" on the clit so that your second knot is directly between the breasts.
20. Bring the ropes up the back and through the starting loop.
Note: You can optionally do overhand knots up the back, but I rarely do this as I don't like knots that may end putting pressure on the spine.
21. Like this
22. You want medium-light tension here. Enough to keep the knots positioned, but not too much yet.
The bondage will get quite a bit tighter as we complete the diamonds.
23. Separate the strands and bring them around the body, under the arms
24. Confirm that this not is still positioned properly between the breasts.
25. Slip your fingers through between the strands of the front rope, between the first and second knot, grab both strands…
26. …and pull them through.
27. Keep each strand on its respective side.
You can just proceed to the back from here (step) or, optionally, add a decorative twist.
28. To add the twist, reach under the placed strand from above, grab the tails…
29. …and pull them both through
30. Completed decorative twist.
This twist make pretty rope makes when the tie is removed. :) Since I like this twist, I do this for this full demo.
31. The pull the ropes back around their respective sides, to the back, keeping the tension even between the two and dressing (adjusting) the location and tension of each side to make an even and attractive diamond
32. Cross the strands at the back
33. You can optionally add an overhand here if you wish to add greater stability
I find this unnecessary most of the time…
34. Bring the strands to the front again and through the second diamond
Add your decorative twist if you are doing that
35. Dress your diamond to make it even and attractive.
In this case, I needed to slide the connection point up a little to make things look right.
37. Bring to the back again, cross them…
38. and bring them to the front, through the third diamond
39. Add your twist
40. And again to the back.
41. If you have more diamonds, you can keep going…
42. Once you are done threading through diamonds, bring the cords to the back one last time. Cross the strands and
43. Complete the tie with a Surgeon's Knot
In this case I am tying the surgeon's knot around the back cords to lock it more firmly in place, but this is not strictly necessary.
44. Completed Surgeon's Knot
45. Note that there is a little bulk here. Be mindful of that if you place your partner on their back on a hard surface.
46. Completed from the back
47. Completed from the front
48. Completed quarter view.
If you have a partner that really likes this tie, you can just set up a rope with the knots in the right place and put it on in a very short time. If this is the case, you can take a little more time to make the knots even more decorative. For example, you could replace all the overhand knots shown here with double coin knots for that extra flair. :)