Rattan is a very good material mainly because it is lightweight, durable, and flexible to a certain extent. Raw rattan is processed into several products to be used as materials in rattan furniture making. The various species of rattan ranges from several millimetres up to 5-7 cm in diameter. From a strand of rattan, the skin is usually peeled off, to be used as rattan weaving material. The remaining “core” of the rattan can be used for various purposes in furniture making.
Rattans are extensively used for making furniture. Cut into sections, rattan can be used as material to make furniture. Rattan can be mixed up with paints and stains like wood, so it is available in many colours; and it can be worked into many styles. Moreover, the inner core can be separated and worked into wicker. This makes it a potential tool in forest maintenance, since it provides a profitable crop that depends on rather than replaces trees.
To make an unique furniture, rattan furniture can be combine with other materials such as abaca, which is a species of plantation of banana tree, grown especially for the inner layers of its bark. Other is waterhyacinth, which is made from the dried stems of this ubiquitous aquatic plant in an ingenious weave technique. There is also seagrass, kubu, loom, plastic wicker, wood, alumunium and iron frame.
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