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:
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.