This beautiful aquatic plant is often considered nuisance in tropical regions. Naturally invasive, its rapid growth and dense floating mats asphyxiate the ecosystem and hinder navigation. Today,
water hyacinth is used for weaved covers of quality furniture. In Burma, Thailand and Vietnam this plant is widely harvested. Its roots, once boiled and dried, are put together to make thin cords and then weaved over a rattan structure/frame. This craft industry has a double advantage - it slows down the plant’s invasion and noticeably revitalizes local economic activity.
Seduced by its aesthetic and sensual qualities along with its excellent resistance, water hyacinth is used to cover rattan frames in Onyx’s Sphere collection .