Although there is no definitive "wicker" plant, furniture and other items woven of flexible plant materials are referred to as wicker. Plants used to weave wicker items are the same as those necessary to repair them: willow shoots, rattan reeds or cattail leaves. The weaving materials are usually soaked until they become soft and pliable, then they are woven into the desired shape and allowed to dry naturally.
Available in many diameters, round reed comes coiled and ready to soak and use. Made of genuine plant materials, round reed is ordered by metric size.
Flat and available in several widths, strand cane is used to weave chair seats or as a wrap for legs, arms, joints where two large diameter reeds are attached. Cut from the outside of the rattan reed, cane is thin with a rough, dull inside. The outside is hard and shiny.
Kraft Fiber Rush
Made of Kraft paper fibers, it is rolled and twisted into a round rush-like shape. Kraft fiber rush is usually used in danish-weave chairs. Do not soak it; the paper fibers will deteriorate.
Pre-Twisted Sea Grass Rush
Long, slender leaves of cattails and other swamp plants are rolled tightly along their vertical axis. The ends of the leaves are overlapped as they are rolled up, forming a continuous strand.
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