Rattan in Central Africa


Rattan was once regarded as 'poor man's furniture', made by villagers who could not afford anything else, but the rustic charm of rattan chairs and tables now has a much broader appeal in many different parts of the world.

Rattan products are common in rural Africa, but cane furniture has recently become fashionable in towns and cities, and in Europe as well. A thriving harvesting and manufacturing base has developed over the last 5-10 years to supply the growing local and international trade.


In: Riches of the forest: for health, life and spirit in Africa. Lopez, C. and Shanley, P. pp. 69-73. CIFOR. Bogor, Indonesia. ISBN:979-3361-36-0.

Published 1 January 2004