Rattan Core and Rattan Peel are usuallyusually packed in "bulk", bulk-packed" 50 kilogram (110 pounds). Each bale consists of 2 or 4 equal size (12.5kg.) bundles. For convenient of retailers, upon request rattan core it is also packed in 500 gram (half kilogram)
"hanks" (a small bundle, tied at one end where the material is bent, whereas the rest of the bundle is being kept straight, for convenient use and hanks are usually packed in 500 gram).
"coils" (a coil is a hank winding into a disk shaped coild for easy retail mailing. . Except for Flat and Flat-Oval rattan core, most rattan core of size (diameter) bigger than 5mm can not be made into coils.
Rattan Core is also called center-cane. (It is the pith of the Calamus plant family)
Rattan core is mostly used in baskets and wicker furniture. They can be cut/produced from many different species of rattan, but only a handful is suitable for commercial application.
Quality grading - The main determining factor in rattan core is the choice of right material. Good rattancore should be pliable (flexible and strong) that would bend smoothly without a kink. Unlike wood, rattan should not crack, split, or snap when bent. It should have a firm smooth texture. Well-cut rattan core is uniform in size & shape along the full length of the core. In addition to the choice of rattan,
First quality (AB grade) R.Core should have light uniform color. The popular 1-B quality (B grade) would have uniform color shade of natural tan-white. Second- 2nd quality (BC grade) rattan corewould consists R.Core that has several color shades, including, gray, brown, and small black spots. 3rd quality (CD grade) R. core (for paint covered products) would be dark in color.
Bleached quality, is made by bleaching 2nd(BC) quality rattan core into a paper white or yellowish-white color. The bleaching process soften rattan and lighten its weight (comparatively, you get 8% to 13% more rattan in bleach quality than natural rattan material of the same unit weight). The bleaching process whiten the surface of rattan core. The whitening effect go down to 1 millimeter in depth. Bleaching would not affect the strength for rattan core of thickness over 4mm.
Round Rattan Core We use only the best rattan known for production. Despite color grading, the basic qualities in choice of rattan is essential. Diameter 1.75mm, up to 6mm are cut from one of the most valuable rattan (LCH cane). For diameter 7mm up to 22mm other selected pliable rattan are used.
Rattan Peel (split with skim on) It is the bark\skin best of rattan. Good rattan peel, cut from proper rattan that is strong, uniform in width & thickness, straight, firm body, smooth texture, light color, and long length. Rattan Peel is the most valuable part of rattan, that can be made into chair seat (to support weight of a sitting person). Small sized rattan peel (2mm, 2.25mm, 2.5mm,...3mm) are called chair-cane, and they are the most popularly versatile materials used in chairs, screens cabinets and baskets. Binding-cane is rattan peel in size 4mm up to 7mm. Rattan peel made for hand weaving are usually slightly thicker, edges shaved, whereas those made for machine weaving and economical production are thinner.
Rattan cane -natural (with bark on) and Polished (bark off) - Diameter of cane ranges from 4\8mm up to 38\40mm. For 10mm up, Polished cane cost less than Round rattan core. Most cane are not uniform in diameter (throughout the length of cane), unless specifically requested. Different species of rattan cover different size ranges, and each has different look, strength and weight yield. Good rattan should be pliable (can be bent with evenly distributed elasticity) and good-looking, It should have flat knots, smooth surface, selected size. Also light-weight and light colors are important for good yield in usage.
We offer only what belived to be the best rattan available, the most suitable few species, including Kooboo Lunchi (LCH), size range 4\8mm,8\10mm,10\12mm,
Tohiti (THT) size range 12\14mm, 16\18mm, ...24\26mm, 26\28mm, and
Batang(BTN) size range 24\26mm, 26\28mm....32\34mm,34\36mm.
Of course there are other rattan cane available occasionally such as Manau poles, Palambang rattan, etc. etc. The rattan we choose are flat knotted, pliable (flexible & strong) and has most uniform density and uniform quality dimension (diameter, color, size selection). We offer good raw material, known to be the best of its kind already.
Our definition of quality here refers to good look, applies to for all rattan material (rattan cane, reed, peel & webbing alike). We start production with the best raw material already selected for strength, choice of rattan, uniform density and body integrity of material are basic qualities, they are not graded.