Many areas in Indonesia are known as artisan areas. The handicrafts produced are also varied, ranging from pottery to making puppets. Many of these crafts are exported abroad or sold domestically. One type of craft that is well known by the public at home and abroad is rattan craft.
Rattan crafts use rattan plants (vines from the Palmae family) as the main material. This type of plant is commonly found in Indonesia forests. Initially, the rattan plant was only used as rope material. However, now rattan is used to make various handicrafts and furniture. There are many areas in Indonesia that part of rattan craftsman area. Which area is it?
Cirebon, West Java is one of the centers of rattan industry in Indonesia. It is estimated that there are more than 900 business units of rattan craftsmen in Cirebon City. Rattan handicrafts that often produced in Cirebon are furniture. Many of these handicrafts are sold domestically and exported abroad. One of the villages in Cirebon which is known for its rattan crafts is Tegalwangi Village, Weru, Cirebon, West Java.
Jepara, Central Java, is not only known for its worldwide carving crafts. Jepara is also known for its rattan crafts. Even Jepara is included in one of the largest rattan craft centers in Indonesia. Telukwetan Village, Welahan, Jepara is one of the centers for rattan craftsmen in Indonesia. The rattan furniture, such as chairs or sofas, souvenirs and so on.
Trangsan Village, Gatak, Sukoharjo, Central Java is one of the villages of rattan furniture exporters in Indonesia. The handicrafts are furniture made from rattan. Usually these crafts are exported to various major countries, such as the United States, Europe, Australia, South Korea and other countries. In addition to making furniture, many people of Trangsan Village also produce baby swings, fruit baskets, room dividers, waste baskets, and others.
Katingan, Central Kalimantan is one of the largest rattan-producing centers in Indonesia. Rattan handicrafts from Katingan are almost the same as other areas. The difference lies in the Katingan rattan craft motif which is took Dayak elements. Rattan handicrafts from Katingan for example tables, bags, baskets, chairs, room dividers, and others. This craft is also widely sent to various regions in Indonesia and exported to foreign countries.
Wukirsari Village, Bantul, Yogyakarta is also known as an area for rattan craftsmen in Indonesia. Rattan handicrafts in Wukirsari Village are more focused on handmade products such as bags, souvenirs, baskets and others. Many of these rattan handicrafts are sent to various regions in Indonesia and exported abroad, such as Japan, Iraq and Iran.