Monday, May 7, 2018

Practical Rattan Furnitures

I have been driving past this mobile truck for a long time and always admired at his rattan wares. The seller would display them all over the sidewalk outside the 7-Eleven. At one glance, it could transport my mind to all my childhood days and my late grandfather.


Last Sunday, I had to make stop outside this particular 7-Eleven along Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. I needed to top up my Touch & Go card which had RM2.00 left. So I took a good look at all the rattan wares on display. I thought of my late parents and grandfather as they used to have several pieces of the rattan furniture and baskets at home.




I used to ride those rattan rocking horses and rocking chairs at the houses of my cousins. It was something that I truly enjoyed and happy childhood memories came flooding back to me. I chuckled when I thought of myself riding the rocking horse today. My heavy weight would definitely flatten and kill the poor horse!



I was excited to slowly browse at all the useful kitchen wares and lazy chairs for the living room. I find that they are so strong, very light and cooling to relax on the rattan chairs. No wonder I could play overnight mahjong that lasted over 10 hours as the chairs I sat were made of cane & rattan being bound together. Seriously, I am thinking of slowly converting all my living room sofas & dining chairs to rattan pieces instead. Would you agree with my ideas?



I had to run off to top up my T&G cash card when I realised the owner was sitting on his truck. He was busy firing the strips of cane with a portable flame gun and bent all into the desired shapes. It looked so easy and interesting that I am planning to visit him again this weekend. If you are interested, I would snap photos of this talented man in action making all the wares by himself! Voila!




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32 comments:

  1. I remember these rattan furnitures too from my childhood. I also remember someone said that they are not practical when it comes to cleaning seeing that they have many grooves that collect dust. I don't know how true that is. I like the multi-racks in the photo. I can place it in my kitchen to put all my bawang and ginger and what nots.

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    1. Those old grandma days, they had to wipe so much "in between" of the rattan chairs and the grill doors that had so many patterns. Now the grill doors are like prison doors with bars only. We use a lot of vacuum cleaners today and they can suck out all the dust and mites from rattan chairs.

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  2. Rattan chairs reminded me of growing up.
    Every house seemed to have a set of rattan chairs in the living room and having a sofa was still considered luxurious.

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    1. Definitely a good reminder as we are all the 3rd generations who enjoyed peaceful lifestyle without gadgets. We had lots of rotans too! Muahahahaha

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  3. reading this made me think of my late grandparents too, and their rattan furniture that was such a distinctive part of their homes. i live in a small apartment, so i don't really have space for extra rattan stuff (most of my chairs, tables, cupboards, etc are just practical ikea stereotypes), but it would be nice to live in a house where rattan is part of the decor, for extra character ... i like your final pic of the rattan maker in his natural habitat ...

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    1. I bet your apartment looks like an IKEA showroom with nice and neat furnishings. So vogue & avant garde!

      I plan to go back to interview this guy and learn to make rattan chairs from him. ha ha

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  4. Hi! I think rattan chairs would fit for your rooms. Many women would use rattan bags at summer in our country. Have nice days.

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    1. These rattan chairs are suitable for warm countries like Malaysia as it has good ventilation. Japanese fashion is always ahead in Asia and I hope that these woven and rattan bags would be popular with ladies everywhere.

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  5. This trade of making rattan furnitures is vanishing, rattan makes me think of canes lol :p

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    1. You were daddy's pet girl and I don't think he ever caned you.

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  6. Pls share with us after u visit him this weekend...

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  7. Unfortunately, my home is also like an Ikea showroom...kekeke! :P I used to own rattan chairs from a long time ago. Now they just aren't that popular anymore coz people consider them old fashion. I discarded them coz they were difficult to maintain...both cleaning and keeping them in tip top condition.

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  8. my house used to have rattan chairs but now all rosak liao...

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  9. These are really cool and naturally made, so I could not deny if I have to owing any of these. I have ride rocking horse but not even seen one made of rattan and I really like its design and also looks comfort to ride :) I want to know how they bench the bamboos to different shapes without braking and it should be interesting to watch.

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  10. I remember the fashion for rattan. They all had rattan furniture.

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  11. Rattan furniture definitely good to see but hard to maintain too >_<

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  12. My parents have an entire set of rattan furniture with a very beautiful table lamp too as my Dad worked in a rattan furniture factory before. It's hard to maintain as they collect dusts -.-

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  13. It is practical to have rattan furniture for a house without aircon because it is cooling to sit on them. You may be surprised to know that they may be more expensive than ikea furniture.

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  14. Sg buloh market also have something like this but not always. Only on certain days

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    1. Old days rattan furniture very popular and very lasting. The rotan all very thick and can last for generations. But now i see at furniture shop ones very flimsy.

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    2. rocking horse... aiyo tell u a nightmare that i had when i was around 3 or 4 years old. Till now still cant forget.

      Dreamt that no head ghost wearing red colour baju like those funeral paper doll riding my rotan horse . And the rotan horse was on top of the baju cabinet. Very scary . But that house memang got ghost one la

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    3. not going to convert to rotan chairs coz as i said earlier. Hard to get good ones nowadays

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  15. Rattan furniture definitely reminds me of the good-old-days. Personally, I prefer to have rattan furniture to be in places such as a balcony.......

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  16. I used to live nearby there! Hahah It'd be nice to see him make the furniture! Definitely involves some real talent.

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  17. Whoa! Rattan is also a thing here in the Philippines, interesting that's it's also in other country!

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  18. I like rattan wares especially the rocking chair. Address please ?

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  19. Yes, it does bring back childhood memory looking at those rattan furniture especially the chair.

    My late grandfather had few of those chairs and side table as well as a rocking rattan chair. Not comfortable to sit in, I remember. Haha.

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  20. I like rattan furniture which cause exotic feel to me. Rattan furniture brought back my fond memory of my maiden house. My mother would replace the winter items with rattan legless chairs for tatami mat room. I prefer things made of natural materials.

    Yoko

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  21. I have a pair of IKEA rattan chairs which I've been using for many years. Still solid and looks new. I love it! Never had trouble cleaning it ..because I just don't. Haha! I sit on it all the time. Got dust, no dust, I never noticed. ^.^

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