These materials are used in the production of simple upholstery systems which include flat woven or sling/platform seats which may be augmented by cushions. Woven plant materials include cordage, rush, wicker, rattan and splint (Figure 3.6). The weaves may be plain or decorative. The surface may be painted, gilt or the material may be stained before use.
Similar working techniques may be employed using animal material (leather, parchment/vellum and rawhide) or manufactured materials (textile and paper webs, rubber webs, PVC spaghetti or tube). Choice of materials may be due to vagaries of fashion or to local availability, for example skin may be employed in cordage techniques in desert areas with limited vegetation.
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