Rattan gets it name from the Malay name - ROTAN. Rattan, though a palm, grows like a vine and creeps on the ground and on vegetation.
Unlike bamboo, which is hollow from with in, rattan grows as a solid stem. Rattan is so strong that it can crack a hard wood stick into two. Most martial art forms make use of rattan sticks.
Cane is the name given to a rattan stem which can be processed, steamed and bent to make furniture pieces.
Cane strips are rattan peels used to bind cane furniture pieces and also for caning.
Off late, we come across all weather wicker furniture. It just means that plastic/resin yarn has been woven into furniture pieces. I intend write more about rattan and bamboo and their uses in furnishing in my future posts. I bought a pair of cane and jute accent lamps recently and am using them on the night stand. Herez a picture of one of them...Isn't it lovely!