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 ==
Man demonstrating the flexibility of a rattan cane.]]
Rattan canes are also used for [[corporal punishment]] (see [[caning]]). The flexibility of the material makes caning with rattan distinct from caning using other materials.
Rattan canes have been used for [[school corporal punishment]] mainly in
the British Commonwealth (including [[India]], [[Sri Lanka]], [[Malaysia]], [[Australia]] and [[New Zealand]] ) and in [[ Europe]]. They still used for [[judicial corporal punishment]] in several countries including [[Malaysia]], [[Singapore]] and [[Brunei]].
Rattan canes are also popular toys for [[consensual spanking]] and [[BDSM]] play.
Sometimes, the players may re-enact school corporal punishment, such as the classic "[[six of the best]]" in the [[touching-toes position]].
== See also ==