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Description: Used in the manufacture of basket-work, chairs, etc. Rattans are exported in various forms - whole, core, peel and sometimes split rattan and may be either washed or unwashed. Whole rattan should be of natural yellow color, bleached, washed and free of knots. Peel is graded according to size and color. First grade is even straw color and thoroughly flexible, second and third grades not so good in color and less flexible, lower grades not even in color. Core is priced according to flexibility, evenness of color and cleanliness. Best grade known as "extra selected" and lowest "common." Rattan core must be dry and, if shipped in a damp condition, may become moldy in transit. Unless kept cool and with proper moisture content, rattan core is liable to become desiccated, which renders it brittle and unfit for the purpose intended. The unwashed type is not affected by contact with salt or fresh water, not is it greatly affected by oil substances, as these can be washed off. The washed type will suffer in appearance on contact with salt or fresh water or oily substances, but both types can be washed by being immersed in fresh running water with a layer of clean sand underneath. The canes are then rubbed with the sand until clean and then hung up to dry in strong sunlight. If either the rattan or cane are immersed in water for some time the center core should be inspected, as it is here that the first evidence of rotting will appear. This process will not, however, remove oil which has penetrated the outer skin. See also BAMBOO CANES.
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