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After harvesting, rattan is usually peeled to create a smooth surface and to remove the spines that some species have; in further processing, it is cut to the desired lengths. It is used for making [[furniture]], baskets, [[carpet beater]]s, walking canes, staves for martial arts, and various other uses. Rattan can be painted, like [[wood]], but usually it is only transparently varnished to keep the natural look of the product.
 
== Rattan canes for corporal punishment ==
[[Image:Pcfr111.jpg|thumb|ManA man demonstrating the flexibility of a rattan cane.]]
 
Rattan canes[[Cane]]s are alsomade usedfrom rattan for use as instruments of [[corporal punishment]] (see [[caning]]). The flexibility of the materialrattan makes caningit withan rattanideal distinctmaterial fromfor caningmaking usingcanes as compared to other materials such as [[bamboo]], which is rigid and breaks easily.
 
Rattan canes have been used for [[school corporal punishment]] mainly in the British Commonwealth (includingcountries like [[India]], [[Sri Lanka]], [[Malaysia]], [[Singapore]], [[Australia]] and [[New Zealand]]), and also in [[EuropeBritain]]. They are still used for [[judicial corporal punishment]] in several countries includingsuch [[Malaysia]]as Singapore, [[Singapore]]Malaysia and [[Brunei]].
 
Rattan canes are also popular toys for [[consensual spanking]] and [[BDSM]] play. Sometimes, theThe players may re-enactreenact school corporal punishment, such as the classic "[[six of the best]]" in the [[touching-toes position]].
 
== See also ==
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