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Monday, July 25, 2011

ABC Wednesday: B for baskets





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I was in a small town in West Malaysia when I saw these baskets in a florist shop. Most of these baskets are made from a vine called rattan.

To school kids growing up in Malaysia and Singapore, the word rattan can send a shiver up one's spine. Teachers used to have a thin rattan with them to beat the students. People think that the smaller the cane, the more painful it can be. But I was told that a big rattan used by the prison officers can break skin and flesh.

20 comments:

Francisca said...
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Francisca said...

I like rattan used for making baskets and furniture, but for assault it's a total no-no (shiver).

Roger Owen Green said...

a tisket a tasket, a brown and yellow basket...

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

capturedalive said...

OK a rattan sounds scary.. In my childhood it used to be a ruler for all the punishments...

Pheno, ABC Wednesday Team

Kate said...

My house is full of baskets, both for utilitarian and decorative uses. Caning children is a crime against humanity as far as I'm concerned.

Rajesh said...

Very nice baskets.

VioletSky said...

Rattan is much better suited for baskets and furniture than beating.

Carver said...

I love all those baskets. Perfect for the letter B.

Elisa said...

A very original picture of those baskets!
Best regards from Argentina
Elisa

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

Lovely picture - and certainly it's better to make baskets with rattan that whips!!

Linnea said...

Yes, I've heard about those rattan whipping stick! Luckily I've never felt one. I like the baskets better! Nice one for B.

George said...

I don't think I would want to be hit by rattan even if it was thin. But the baskets are beautiful.

RuneE said...

I'm glad they are now only used for baskets.

PS Thank you for the comment - a true word if ever there was one.

photowannabe said...

I wasn't aware that rattan was a vine.
Wonderful for baskets but beatings, no thank you!

Joyful said...

This is a very nice photo Ann. Very pretty. I love rattan baskets but I can see why the children will get shivers when the hear the word rattan.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

A lovely picture but chilling words.

Kathy said...

What a great array of baskets. Good shot!

LV said...

There are so many uses for baskets. These are a very pretty group. Yes, squirrel dig holes and bury nuts for later eating. My yard is full of holes. What is strange, they can go back to the same spot for the nut they buried. They are smart.

Jama said...

Not only it break the skin, it also leave marks on the broken skin!

magiceye said...

beautiful take on the theme