We have inherited my in-laws dining set and I have a question about the
seats. The cording on them is not rattan but rather a rolled paper. It
doesn't look like an easily performed craft because the weave piles up as it
approaches the center of the seat. Are any of you familiar with this sort
of seating? What is it called? Where would I look to have it redone? A
specialty shop? TIA for your help.
Sisal looks much like manila rope. It just does not have the strength of
manila, and it does not absorb as much water as manila. We used to use it
for downlines in commercial diving, and for other things, as if you toss a
bunch of manila in the water, it swells up and coils up terribly. The
rolled paper does not match the description of sisal, which are tan fibers.
I was going to say hemp, but that does not have the appearance of rolled
I guess my answer is that I don't know, but I don't think it's sisal.
That is called a rush seat. Depending where you are located you might find
an old timer that does it or you can try The Lighthouse for the Blind, if
you have one in your area. Usually anyone that does caning can do them.
It's a lost art
It's called "fibre rush", as opposed to real rush that is a plant. Not
difficult to do, other than requiring muscle. Supplies are not
expensive, and leftover can be untwisted and used for Christmas tree
garland :o) You need to stuff paper into the portion that is woven as
you go to add support to the fiber. When I redid an old chair, I didn't
use enough stuffing - I use the chair all the time (at the computer), so
the rush has "molded" to the seat frame. Got the chair for $10 at
second hand store and could tell by the shape of the ugly gold velvet
covering that it needed a rush seat. Nice walnut? hoop-back chair.
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