The social life of rattans

The Batek and other Orang Asli in the Peninsula have long been renowned as collectors and traders of forest products. One of the most common products traded is rattan. All the photos below are from 1995.

Rattan stems freshly cut from the forest, tied up and ready for shipment:

waiting w rattan: Not sure what to do next or where to make camp

Old Batek photos | 3
Loaded onto the rattan trader's truck and off to the trader's factory.

Old Batek photos | 1

At the factory: boiled, softened, and drying in the sun.

Later, they'll be shipped out once again, to be further processed to make cane furniture.