How are Bali Rattan Bag made?

Rattan Elaboration

The process begins with specially harvesting the rattan, then properly conditioning it to prepare it for weaving.

Material Selection:  Artisans carefully select high-quality rattan strands, ensuring they are flexible, sturdy, and free from defects.

Soaking: The selected rattan strands are soaked in water to make them more pliable and easier to work with. This step allows the artisans to manipulate the rattan into different shapes and patterns.

Drying: After soaking, the rattan strands are left to dry in the sun or a well-ventilated area. This process helps to maintain the desired shape and structure of the bag.

Bags Weaving

Weaving the Base: Artisans begin by weaving the base of the bag. They use a variety of traditional weaving techniques, such as plaiting or twining, to create a solid foundation. This base serves as the structure onto which the sides and handles will be attached.

Shaping the Sides: Once the base is complete, the artisans shape the sides of the bag by weaving the rattan strands vertically and horizontally.
They may incorporate different patterns, designs, or color variations to add visual interest.

Attaching the Sides: The woven sides are carefully secured to the base of the bag using strong adhesive or by weaving additional rattan strands through the base and side panels. This ensures the
bag's stability and durability.

Bags Decoration

Finishing Touches: The artisans may add decorative elements, such as beads, shells, or fabric linings, to enhance the bag's aesthetic appeal. They may also apply a protective coating or varnish to the rattan to increase its longevity and resistance to wear and tear.

You now have a handwoven, stylish bag that will last for years to come.