Paracord, also known as 550 cord, is a type of lightweight, durable nylon rope that was originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes. It is made of several strands of nylon yarn that are braided together to form a strong, flexible cord. Paracord is widely used for a variety of purposes due to its strength, versatility, and durability. It has a breaking strength of 550 pounds, which gives it its name. It is often used in outdoor and survival situations, as well as for crafting and DIY projects. Paracord is available in a variety of colors and can be used in its original form, or it can be unraveled and the individual strands can be used separately for a variety of tasks.