Why jute? It simply flies in your hands. Once you have used this jute, you won’t go back to hemp, which feels leaden and lifeless by comparison. It is strong, light and holds knots very well. It has little stretch, unlike cotton and most synthetics. The softness of this medium laid rope ensures neat, unobtrusive knots and sharp, clean rope work. What’s more, it is less likely to cause rope burn as natural fibre does not heat up so quickly when drawn across skin. Japan’s top nawashi almost exclusively choose jute and I’d trust their judgment.