The island of Bali is bustling with tourists, artisans, and locals alike, as it has become a center for travelers and adventurers worldwide. Amongst the hustle of this beautiful setting lives a group of weavers specializing in craft using natural, locally-sourced rattan.
Rattan is the name for hundreds of species of ancient climbing palms with a woody flexibility which makes it perfect for artisanal crafts. Rattan can grow up to hundreds of meters long, and most of the world's rattan population is from Indonesia. Rattan grows much faster than other tropical wood and wood-like species, and due to its simple structure and light weight, it is easier to harvest and transport. The ease of the rattan crop makes it an attractive, environmentally-friendly alternative to logging trees, and encourages healthy forest maintenance as rattan depends on trees to flourish.
In addition to natural rattan, these weavers use recycled plastic to add color to rattan's natural beige tones, as well as recycled polyester fabric for interior linings, and vegan leather to accent and finish their bags. We are particularly proud of their work that combines sustainable forestry practices, local employment opportunities, ancient Balinese weaving craftwork, and the upcycling of plastic and polyester materials.
"We are so happy to work with natural rattan from Bali to create employment for ourselves, our families, and our communities."