The best quality cane is smooth, bright yellow in color, and has a minimum of imperfections. As you draw a length of poor quality cane between your fingers, you can feel rough spots and weak areas. On any cane you will feci prominent Jumps called "eyes" —- places on the palm bark from which the leaves grew. On good quality cane, the eyes are smooth and unbroken, while on poorer quality cane, they feel rough and the cane may bend sharply at that point — a sign that it is cracked and may break during weaving.
In our experience, places that specialize in caning materials tend to have better quality cane, chiefly bccause they know good quality and how to buy it. They may charge more, and may offer different qualities at different prices. Local shops, with no caning specialist on the staff, take whatever the supplier gives them and charge one price regardless of quality. Some of their canc is excellent in quality an some is not so good. You should examine the stock, running your fingers down several strands and looking for the eyes, and select Che best.
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