Rattan is the common name for the roughly 600 species of palms in the tribe Calameae, native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia. Most rattans are vine-like, scrambling through and over other vegetation. Once harvested and transformed, the lightweight, durable and flexible qualities of rattan make it ideal for use in furniture making.
Due to its economic value, rapid growth, ease of harvest, transportation and use, rattan can be a tool for sustainable forest management and an alternative to other varieties of tropical wood. The WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature) recently launched a rattan sustainable management program in Vietnam, Lao PDR and Cambodia, to help save the forest in the Greater Mekong region. Onyx is currently in discussions to source rattan from this program, which aims to benefit local communities through a clean and efficient production of rattan.
Flexible, elastic, and strong, rattan is a truly valuable natural material.