Hithlain was a strong substance used by the Galadhrim of Lothlórien, which was grey and felt silky. It was used in the making of ropes, which were flexible and light, yet extremely robust. It may also have been used in the creation of the grey Elven cloaks of Lórien.
Sam and Frodo climbed down a cliff of the Emyn Muil with the help of a hithlain rope, which Sam tied to a stump at the top. When Sam tugged the rope in annoyance that they'd have to leave it and it would help Gollum get down, it came loose and fell on him. Frodo thought Sam had tied it badly, but Sam thought it came because he called it.