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Rattan canes, Kalimantan

Rattan canes, Kalimantan
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Locals soak, sand, and split the spiny canes of the rattan palm into durable material for furniture and basketry. Rattan provides tens of thousands of livelihoods to some of Indonesia’s most remote communities. Dwindling supply pushes rattan prices higher each year, and poor collectors scour the hills for any canes they may have overlooked. Threads of Life buys rattan products only from farmers’ cooperatives that cultivate sustainable supplies.