Kinbaku

Maxine Wattam's collections — and most importantly the lingerie pieces — draw their inspiration from the particular aesthetic of “kinbaku”, the tradition of Japanese bondage as erotic art.  

This binding, originally akin to martial arts in medieval Japanese society, is based on geometric patterns obtained by the crossing and interlacing of ropes, carried out in a progressive and complex manner, directly on the body, by one of the partners on the other in order to immobilize it. It was introduced as an art in the early 1900s by painter Itu Seio and became popular half a century later under the influence of fetish photographer and bondage artist John Willie.  

Beyond the dominant / dominated roles associated with the art of kinbaku, the designer is mostly fascinated by the aesthetic dimension of the practise. A big fan of contrasts, she finds great inspiration in the one created by the binding that draws very graphic lignes on soft feminine curves. By associating this particular aesthetic with exceptional materials, Maxine Wattam designs refined pieces specially for the Woman who enjoys playing with her seduction while remaining in charge of the game.