The Life Cycle of a Lantern

This year we have chosen to use rattan for our frames as opposed to English willow which we have used successfully for the past two years. Rattan, which is most commonly used for seat weaving is a porous vine that grows in Indonesia. The rattan needs a little more care and attention than willow – it needs to be first soaked, then stretched and allowed to dry completely before it is cut to size. It is a little unwieldy to handle until it goes through this process.  During the creation of the 140 lanterns made in Thatcher Brook Primary School this week, we have been wondering which material we prefer. Willow is rustic and organic, rattan is light and flexible. We have come to the conclusion that a combination of the two would be a perfect fit.

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