This reedlike material comes
from certain plants such as bamboo and rattan. It was originally imported
to Europe from Malaya during the 1`7th and 18th centuries. It is woven
into a mesh, which is flexible and therefore comfortable to sit on. It
is practical as well as decorative. There are three main caning techniques:
Hand caning is the weaving
of single pieces through holes in the wood.
Machine or sheet caning
which utilizes pre- woven sheet of caning and is press into a groove
around the seat.
Blind caning is the most
difficult technique as it requires a great deal of skill to weave the
single pieces through holes in the wood that is not visible one side.