The karada or diamond harness is one of the most basic harnesses that is often taught to beginners. It is decorative, fun and pretty easy. It is also pretty non-threatening so it is great for a first time rope bottom. It is also one of the ties that a lot of people mess up. There are a few things to keep in mind while tying this one. The two biggest things to watch out for are the length of the rope behind the neck while starting out and how the ropes are placed when going through the diamond pattern in the front. Read on for our suggestions to help you out with this.
The rope used was a 30' piece of hot pink MFP (as we like to say Mother Fucking Plastic). That was about perfect for our bottom in this case. Your mileage may vary.
|At the bottom of the bight put an overhand knot. This does not need to be a well tied knot: it is simply a place holder to help the tie.|
|The knots should be about hand width apart. Try to keep the knots evenly spaced for a clean looking tie.|
|This is how the series of knots should look in the front.|
|Bring the doubled rope up the spine to the bight you have tied off at the back of the neck. Undo the knot that you left there as a place holder then run the rope through the bight from behind as shown. Then split the tails.|
|Bring the separate sides of the rope to the front. The next steps are one of the places that people make the biggest mistake.|
|Bring the ropes behind the bottom's back. Cross the ropes as shown. If you do it this way the harness will shift with the bottom as they move.|
|The front will look like this. We ran out of rope at the last diamond and the rope was tied off on either side of it using the Cow Hitch.|
|Added bonus... when you put a vibrator on rope it "lights up" and transmits vibrations very well!|