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Natural Basketry Materials: Rattan

Plant identification, cultivating, harvesting and processing rattan as a sustainable natural material used for basketmaking.

Basketry Rattan
Wondering what is basketry rattan, where do basketmaking rattans come from and how is basket reed processed? The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) explains many aspects of bamboo and rattan including comprehensive details of propagation, cultivation of rattan, interplanting rattans in tree plantations and harvesting in locations such as Malaysia. They also cover how rattan is processed and other basic facts about rattan. Use their site search feature for even more details.

Natural Basketry Materials : Rattan / Reed
The folks at Country Seat will help you find out about how basket reed is produced from the core of a thorny palm (mostly genera Calamus, Daemonorops or Plectomia) which grows like a vine into the forest canopy of the jungles of South East Asia and Indonesia.

Rattan Glossary
Presentation of the FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations provides information about the many rattan genera, species names, their processing, uses and geographic distribution.

What is Rattan? How is Rattan Processed?
Rattan is a spiny, climbing palm prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical forests and can attain lengths of over 185 meters. Learn more about this non-timber forest product (NTFP) in this presentation by Equator Initiative.

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