A Gift From Nature #01 : Our Rattan Story
Rather than consuming less, people want to consume better. As people are becoming more aware of the long-term impact of their consumption, they are trying to produce less waste and pay more attention to fairness and ethics. We believe the story of our value chain is a great interest to our consumer. Not just to make sure that the materials are genuinely responsible, but mostly because it is important to know that an object used to be part of everyone’s home.
Indonesia is known as home of world’s rattan trees. 80% of world’s rattan furniture comes from Indonesia. Unlike Bamboo, Rattan is not hollow and is full of fibre layers. It is strong, flexible yet lightweight and due to its rapid growth, rattan is recyclable. Its flexibility allows also the material to be bent, curved, and twisted to produce statement shapes and designs for creating beautiful and unique furniture pieces.
Rattan is a species of climbing palms. There are more than 300 species of rattan, with a wide range of thicknesses from 2 mm to 6 cm or more. — At Sheo Home Living, we ethically sourced only the best species of Tohiti Rattan (Calamus Inops) and Semambu Rattan (Calamus Scipianum) from Borneo and Celebes island.
“Slow living is less of a style and more a deeply personal mentality.”
- Nathan Williams, The Kinfolk Home -
Rattan has a high flexibility. — It is easy to be bent and twisted. We use the large cane for the main structure to assure strength and stability. After steaming process for hours, then rattan is prepared for framing process.
Continue with installing the smaller cane until it turns to a rough furniture form. This process will take days to create the basic form of the object.
In this step, we need to put some more details on the furniture, such as: rattan bark, natural fibre, or small rattan to create some decorative shapes until we can see the final shape of the furniture.
In this stage, all rattan needs to be sanded to get the smooth surface. This is important to assure safety due usage in the future.
FINISHING AND DRYING
After completed sanding process, then it is now ready for finishing process. We coat the furniture with waterbased lacquerer to prevent molds and make the furniture stays clear and long-lasting for years.
The last step is let the furniture dry under the sun, make sure everything is absorbed well.