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Hand Weaving Rattan Mats for Home Decor Products, What You Need To Know

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There are many rattan mats that are woven by a weaving machine just as you would weave a piece of fabric. Though this process has been used a lot for window and shade treatments, today many other products are also using the same handwoven rattan woven material.

The rattan mats are all woven by hand on handlooms that have a small electrical motor. The rattan is cut into small pieces and is either dyed or left natural before they are handwoven. The workers who weave the rattan must be highly skilled and be able to work very quickly and accurately. There are a variety of home decor and home furniture products that the rattan mats can be used on.

The rattan material used for the rattan weaving mats is a natural rattan. This is because rattan is an extremely strong and versatile material, yet when cut it can have the flexibility needed to make these rattan mats. Rattan is also able to take the dyes well so the material can be easily dyed into the required colors.

To find out more about the rattan material you can read our blog What is The Rattan Material Use in Home Decor Products? by clicking here.

Hand Weaving Rattan Fabric and Mats

What is the Rattan Mat Weaving Process?

These rattan mats are woven with all-natural rattan. This gives them a really nice natural look and feel.

Preparing Rattan Materials

Before the mats can even be woven there are quite a few materials that must first be prepared. Here are some of the preparation steps.

  • Dry the Rattan – The rattan must first be dried and treated before it can be cut into the small sticks. The small sticks are required for the weaving process. It is very important the rattan is properly prepared.
  • Cut the Rattan – Once the rattan has been properly prepared then it must be cut into very small stripes so that they can be woven and used on the machine. Rattan is a perfect material for this as it is able to be cut into the requires sizes and shapes.
  • Dye the colors – If the rattan needs to be dyed then the rattan pieces must be dyed before the weaving process can start or begin. Rattan is able to take the dyes quite well. This means these mats can be woven in a variety of colors.

The rattan sticks are usually cut, dried and bundled together according to the sizes, shape, and color. This makes it easier for the weavers to use these rattan sticks in the weaving process.

Rattan Sticks
Dyed and Natural Rattan Stick Bundles Getting Ready to Be Woven. (Vietnam)

Weaving the Rattan Mats

The loom must be set up to weave these rattan mats. The looms used are handlooms with a small motor. The process to weave these mat would be similar to hand weaving fabric. Therefore the handloom would also be set up very similar to how a loom is set up to weave fabric material.

But the women who are working these looms must be strong enough and skilled enough to weave with rattan. Rattan is a heavier material than silk or cotton fabric weaving.

weaving machine
The Warp of a Rattan Weaving Machine Set-Up with Stripes. (Vietnam)

Setting up the Warp on the Machine

As with all hand weaving, setting up the warp on the machine is one of the most difficult steps. The tensions of the warp threads must all be the same so the set up of the warp can take quite a bit of time.

Usually, nylon thread is used on the warp of the machine to weave the rattan mats. The reason why nylon or another durable thread is used is that the warp thread material must be strong enough to be able to hold the rattan sticks in place.

Many times they will set up the warp of the machine with various colors so that they will weave the entire piece with natural pieces of rattan. This will give the rattan mat a very nice striped look.

To weave the rattan mats, the rattan sticks are inserted into the warp of the machine one-by-one. Unlike handweaving fabric where the women may throw the shuttle, for weaving the rattan matt the women must pick each rattan stick by one-by-one and place it into the warp of the machine. The women who weave this kind of weaving need to be very skilled and have the ability to work very fast and accurately as the machines they use are hand-weaving with an electrical motor.

Woven Curtains and mats
Woven Rattan Curtains and Mats (Vietnam)

Developing Home Decor Products With Rattan Mats

There are some interesting ways we are starting to see some of these rattan handwoven mats being used in home decor accessories and other products. Here are some of the ways we feel they could be used:

  • Lighting and lampshades – We have seen some lampshades that are using these handwoven rattan matt materials. They will bend and glue the mats in a variety of shapes and sizes.
  • Wall Art and Decorative Art – One way these rattan mats are presently being sold is as fans and other decorative wall art.
  • Planter and other boxes – We have seen the mats be combined with bamboo and be used as a planter or another kind of box.
  • Curtains – Of course, one of the major ways this rattan hand weave is used is to make rattan curtains.
  • Placemats and Table Runners- Many times these rattan mats are also used or rattan placements or table runners.
  • Natural Accent for Home Decor Products – It can also be used as an accent for other parts of home decor production as on the bottom of a tray or part of a tabletop.
Planter with Rattan Weave
A Planter with Rattan Weave and Bamboo (Vietnam)

As the home decor and home furniture natural trend continues to be a significant trend for the home decor and home furniture industry, we feel like these handwoven rattan mats can be a great added addition to any collection.

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A Top of A Lampshade out of the Rattan Matt Weave. (Vietnam)

What is Bamboo that is Used in Home Decor Production?

Bamboo is in many ways a misunderstood plant. Many people think it is a tree as it is so strong and flexible, but it is in fact from the grass family. Due to the inherent nature of the bamboo plant, having bamboo products or a bamboo plant in your home is considered to be auspicious for your home. There are many bamboo items that we really love to have in the home such as spun bamboo, bamboo glasses, and bamboo straws.

You can find out more by reading out blog Bamboo – An Auspicious Plant For Your Home by clicking here.

What is Spun Bamboo Used in Home Decor Development?

Spun bamboo was invented in Vietnam over 800 years ago as a way to give a cheaper alternative to the home decor and home utensil materials that were then being used. Spun bamboo is called spun bamboo as it is spun out pieces of bamboo and then the bamboo pieces are glued together into a form. This production of spun bamboo helps women in these villages to earn an extra income. Spun bamboo is a great natural product and can be used in a variety of home decor and kitchen products.

You can read more about Spun Bamboo that is used in Home Decor and home furniture product development by reading our blog What is Spun Bamboo? Using Spun Bamboo in Product Development by clicking here.

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