Cane chair weaver, 1759
by Paul Sandby

The practice of chair caning dates back to the 1600s as part of the global trade .Seat weaving materials were traded along with spices and teas. Royalty in the 1700s sat on tall, caned chairs. This helped caned chairs gain esteem as a global commodity. In warmer climates, cane chairs could withstand the heat and humidity better than a solid wood chair.

In the next century, caning became a cottage industry and thrived. Manufacturers in the industrial age began turning out pressed caned seats, which eliminated the human weaver. These did not have the same quality or endurance as the hand-made cane chairs.

Many people confuse chair caning with wicker. Chair caning is specifically the craft of applying rattan cane or rattan peel to a piece of furniture such as the backs or seats of chairs, whereas wicker or wicker work is a reference to the craft of weaving any number of materials such as willow or rattan reeds as well as man made paper based cords.

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