The Richness of Raw Material

Furniture producers in Solo region use many local materials in their furniture. The availability of these materials is one of the forces that propel the Solo region furniture export industry to become more creative by combining these indigenous materials together with traditional materials in design and manufacturing of products for the world market. The brief description of the materials are mentioned as follows:


Rattans are climbing palms – belonging to the subfamily Calamoideae – that provide the raw material for the cane-furniture industry. Most (70%) of the world’s rattan population exist in Indonesia, distributed among Borneo, Celebes, Sumbawa islands. The rattan’s stem, referred to as cane, is solid and strong, stripped of its leaf sheats, uniform, light, and flexible. It can be bent and will hold various shapes. The canes can be used as whole form for furniture, or split, peeled or cored for matting and basketry.

Water Hyacinth

Water hyacinths comprise the genus Eichhornia of free-floating perennial aquatic plants native to tropical countries. Water hyacinths have been widely introduced throughout North America, Asia, Australia and Africa. Water hyacinth is harvested, dried then tightly plaited to form a strong rope then applied to a furniture frame. Water hyacinth furniture may be light to dark Brown in color.

Sea Grass

Sea Grass in an abundant resource is washed, dried and spun into rope, normally used in its natural light green color. Sea grass furniture is constructed from a wooden frame and usually woven with a rattan spine.

Banana Leaf

Banana Leaf is rolled and dried then plaited or twirled to create a sturdy rope in various thicknesses, then woven over a wooden furniture frame. Banana leaf furniture is available in three main colors crème, coffee or a mixture of both. A stain may also be applied


Bamboo is a group of woody perennial evergreen plants in the true grass family Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Some of its members are giants, forming by far the largest members of the grass family. New shoots of some of the larger species can grow over 1 meter per day. They are of high cultural significance in East Asia where they are used extensively in gardens, as a building material, furniture products, as well as a food source.

Mahogany Wood

The name mahogany is used when referring to numerous varieties of dark-colored wood, originally the wood of the species Swietenia mahagoni. Mahogany is a reddish-brown hardwood with a medium grain. It is used for formal style tables, cabinets, and other pieces of furniture.

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