Paracord’s lightweight nylon construction is useful for many types of applications, including climbing and other outdoor adventures. Traditionally, paracords were used to tie down parachutes. However, given the numerous interwoven strands and a smooth surface, it is now used as more of a general utility rope for a variety of paracord projects such as lanyards, bracelets, tarp tie-downs, belts and knots, just to name a few. Chicago Canvas & Supply stocks a wide selection of colors for 550 paracords.