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Rattan Furniture

One of the palm species is rattan. Rattan is similar to bamboo except rattan is solid inside unlike bamboo. The main use of rattan is for furniture and baskets .

The skin could be peeled of as a weaving rattan material. You can also paint rattan as wood, so you can have a colorful rattan furniture in your interior,

70% of rattan plantation population grows in Indonesia, and the remaining 30% are in The Philippines, Malaysia ,Srilanka and other South Asian countries.

Before used as material in furniture making, raw rattan processed in several steps. After the rattan is harvest from a tree, it needs to boiled to take off bugs and dirt. After that it goes to the machinery to peel the skin off and shape the pole in a required diameters. The pole used for various furniture and the skin weaved into baskets and other furniture supplies.

Rattan poles also could be steamed and bent into forms without cracking it. Rattan is very durable especially the outer stem. The inside stem is softer, and could be cat into reed for wickerwork.

Rattan grows year around, and no harvesting season. The difficulties of harvesting rattan is the topography and no access to the jungle. Usually the harvested rattan cut into 12 – 15 foot length, and tied to big bundles for the journey from jungle to the processing area.

Although rattan grows mostly in Indonesia, it is the Japanese that introduce the use of rattan for modern furniture., At first rattan exported to China and the Chinese skilled artisans built it into furniture baskets and other handicrafts. Then they export the rattan to Japan, where rattan becomes very popular and very refined crafts-work known worldwide.

Singapore as the nearest country from Indonesia also develop a central of production of South East Asia Rattan. As for Indonesia as the main source of rattan, only developed the production recently while rattan already known as Japanese or Chinese handicrafts and furniture.

The difference between rattan and bamboo.

People still get confused between rattan and bamboo. Bamboo is not as strong as rattan, as bamboo comes from grass family with hollow in it. Rattan is from climbing tropical tree that wraps around other tree in the jungle. Rattan is more durable and flexible than bamboo.

The best rattan stem is the clean one without stain. The stems graded as A, B and C, and determined by uniformity of shape and color. The smoother the stem is, the better is the grade.

Grade A has a very smooth stem and free of stem along the stem. This will produce the best rattan furniture and have a high demand in the market.


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