“Embraced” explores the cultural background of female sexuality and repressive societal beliefs about body hair.
The strong rope made of hair is made by an archaic spinning method, where the carded, corrected and braided yarn is made of women’s hair instead of wool. Hair is a reflection of the inner world of a person, and “Embraced” connects the personal ties of hair with Estonian traditional handicraft practice. The rope has become a tool for exploring the concepts of control, sex, domination, submission and fragility.
The Shibari rope technique creates a memory of the body. A body, regardless of it’s gender, ethnicity and age differences wants to be held. It wants to be in a safe space – both mentally and physically. It is difficult for a woman to take control of her own body in a society where it tends to be objectified. The knots in the shibari technique express liberation, retention, and finding control through loss of control.