Rattan is a very fine, sturdy material. It hardly becom moldy or have borer. If a piece of rattanware gets dirty, just brush it with water and soap.
Rattan is used in different manners. The entire stick can be used for the frames of furnatures. The peel is often woven into matts or
used to wrap around multiple sticks. While peeled sticks are sometimes stripped for weaving, like ferns.
Fern is like willow, but finer, longer and stronger. Usually used intact. It is easy to weave them into desired shapes. We would apply a layer of laquer for both protection and glistering.
Like rattan, fernware have little problem with borer or mold, and are washable, too.
This straw-like leave of a special weed grown in the swamps is exelent for weaving. They are usually woven into mats. Baskets, pads and cushions made of sedge are soft to the touch and have a good smell.
They are sometimes made into ropes and then woven into very sturdy baskets. These are seen in the section of Fernwares.
Sedgeware sometimes get moldy, but seldom have worms. Keep them in dry, ventilated place.
Bamboo is very popular in Asia. It is a very useful material: from the scaffolding for skycrapers to the filament of Tomas Edison's firs light bulb.
When we use bamboo, we usually stripe its stem into long small strips for weaving.
Bamboowares are relatively cheaper in price. Baskets made of peeled bamboo are more debil to molds and borers.