Rainforest baskets | rattan basket weaving in Indonesian Borneo

rainforest baskets working with The Katingan Project in Borneo

For centuries the Dayaks of Borneo have used the strength of rattan to fashion working baskets made to last in an extreme environment. These rainforest baskets are really tough and the handles do not drop off as they are woven into the structure of the basket.

We use the dark rattan considered waste by the rattan factories and this gives each basket a unique natural colour. We do not use toxic chemicals or dyes and the baskets are shipped to the UK from the jungle. The raw rattan canes are not transported thousands of miles by road and sea to factories in Java or China before they even start the journey to Europe.

wicker rattan basketsThe Planet Basket Project is a small but critical part of the larger Katingan Project, an important rainforest ERC (Eco System Restoration Concession)  and aims to create vital revenue for people who would otherwise have little or no alternative to illegal logging, clearing forest for palm oil cultivation or poaching endangered species including orangutan, pangolin, cloud leopards and orchids.

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Harrison Ford visited the Planet Basket workshops in September 2013 whilst filming the EMMY award winning documentary  The Years of Living Dangerously

Spot our Earth Baskets on set at Pinewood Studios in Star Wars The Force Awakens

Spot baskets from the Planet Basket Project on set in the opening scene of Star Wars The Force Awakens

Katingan Project on YouTube

The Katingan Peatland Restoration and Conservation Project ERC is based on the premise that we can still save large areas of peat swamp forest in Indonesian Borneo, offer local people sustainable sources of income, tackle global climate change and base this on a solid business model. What defines us is a no-nonsense, transparent and result-oriented approach to land-use and conservation in a part of the world where this is needed most.

There are more excellent videos about the Katingan  Project on YouTube


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