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What is Rattan

What is Rattan

Rattan is a group of palms in the tribe Calmaeae which have more than 600 species that grows in a long slender stem, which maintains an almot uniform diameter throughout its length.


Rattan are largely concentrated in South East Asia. Most(70%) of the world's rattan population exist in Indonesia, distributed among Borneo(kalimantan), Sulawesi, Sumbawa island.


Unlike bamboo, which is hollow, rattan steam are solid, and most species need structural support and cannot stand on their own. Many rattans have spines which act as hooks to aid climbing over other plants and to deter herbivores. Typically rattan can grow up to 500 feet in lenght with diameter up to 2 inches. When harvested, the vine is cut at the base, so that the vine can continue to grow and be harvest again.


Rattan Cane quickly grow and relative easy to harvested and also transportation. This is assumed to assist to take care of continuity of forest, because people prefer to harvest cane than wood. After rattan cane harvested and then cut into 7-10 meters lenght and tied into large bundles and transported from jungle into next processing area. Rattan can be harvested in all season which it grows year around.


Rattan cane have property that make them very popular as raw materials for furniture and handycraft. They are durable, elastic, lightweight, resistance to splintering and flexible. This allows them to be bent and molded in different shapes and designs. In fact, even in modern times, cane furniture is appreciated for its aestethic value and conformt, and has successfully withstood fierce competition from steel and plastic. It is not suprising that can furniture is commonly found in luxury hotels the world over.

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Cane which is common to be utilized in industry is not too much. Some cane type which is most commonly commercialized is Manau, Batang, Tohiti, Mandola, Tabu-Tabu, Suti, Sega, Lambang, Blubuk, Jawa, Pahit, Kubu, Lacak, Slimit, Cacing, Semambu and also Pulut.


Cane which is just harvested cannot be direct utilized in product development of rattan furniture and also handycraft. Commonly, Rattan still has green color after harvested and then with smoking method, rattan cane will turn colour to become yellow and is glossier. Cane have ready for furthermore processing.


The Next step is product development. Cane which have been cut as according to requirement in clearing of dirt which still patch, then entered into tube to be done warm-up. In this phase, cane will be more easy to formed as according to product designs. Commonly this step is for rattan with diameter up to 14/16mm. This process is ussually to make frame from furniture product. After this process we do weaving around the frame with rattan pitrit, rattan peel or with other rattan materials. Now we continue to next step that is coloring.Rattan accept paint and stains like many other kinds of wood, so it is available in many colour; and it can be worked into many style.


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