View Full Version : The magic of ‘cane-weaving’

06-02-2004, 04:12 PM
By Alison Anis

OLE Siru from Daru, Western province, sits on a stump of wood and using cane strips, weaves what appeared to be a basket. A closer inspection shows that Ole was working on light shades. On the table next to her were six completed light shades.

He eyes were fixed intently on her work, hands moving expertly. Intricately done with artificial designs, the products showed a skilled work of a professional cane weaver.

“How long have you been doing this?” I asked and her answer was abrupt. “Seven years.” Yes. Ole has been involved in cane weaving since she was 20. It was a trade she learnt from her folks back home and now she has found a way into going directly into business by trading her skills.

Ole Siru working on light shades

06-02-2004, 04:23 PM
With the help of the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC), Ole has established and is now the project coordinator of the Cane Weaving Centre located directly below the Women’s Textile Centre in the Gordons Industrial area.

Her work was recognized by the Department of Trade Industry which help fund the project through SBDC.

She started by weaving baskets and other products using canes and without the use of machines has put hours into her work. By then she already had the idea creating a big picture.

Inside the cane weaving center - a youth at work

06-02-2004, 04:26 PM
Ole has written her proposal and she was given assistance straight away with the donation of bending machines and other useful tools for her new business.

Now, as I watch her put all her concentration into her unfinished product, on the other end of the building, three youth were busy heating up the pieces of canes, cutting them into tiny strips and smoothening the edges using machinery tools.

In front of her was a complete Square lounge set: a double sitter and three sitter couches and coffee table with tapa designs on top. On the far end was a dining set and a few chairs – all newly furbished.

Ole on the background - pictured with a newly refurbished square lounge set. The cost for the whole set - K2,200

06-02-2004, 04:28 PM
Ole’s cane weaving skills with the help of the three youth have gauged instant recognition from business houses. Each month, orders after orders are being placed and Ole and the guys work each day to meet these demands.

“It is not easy being a mother and involved in this kind of business everyday. My family has been very supportive and understanding. I guess has made my job a lot easier to this stage.

Helping out the boys

06-02-2004, 04:31 PM
“But then this is the only means of generating money for our family needs,” Ole said.

According to Ole, different needs have also arose and so came different demands from their clients and individual customers.

Different organizations have also put forth their requests and as result different products were made to date.

Youth at work - bending canes

06-02-2004, 04:34 PM
The canes used to make the products are taken all the way from Brown River – a distance of about 40 kilometers from Port Moresby.

“I appreciate so much the support that has been given to me, both by my family and the small business centre into making this a reality. I wouldn’t have gone this far but because through such assistance put by the government through the Department of Trade, I can say I am most thankful,” Ole said.


Ole showing one of finished products

06-02-2004, 04:37 PM
The process of cane-weaving involves ....

06-02-2004, 04:41 PM
Heating up the pieces of canes to give them a straight appearance

06-02-2004, 05:24 PM
Then using machines to take of the coatings - giving it a new appearance

06-02-2004, 05:27 PM
The machinery tools used to make cane-weaving easier

06-02-2004, 05:29 PM
Man at work

06-02-2004, 05:36 PM
Children's Chair - K50 .......Flower pot stand (background) - K35

06-02-2004, 05:40 PM
A TV stand - K450, with small laundry basket (K50), Footrest (K50) and laundry basket (big) - K70

06-02-2004, 05:45 PM
Newly furbished dining set - ready to be picked up- K1, 400

06-02-2004, 05:51 PM
High Infant Chairs - K170

06-02-2004, 05:53 PM
Another newly refurbished dining set - K1, 200

06-02-2004, 05:56 PM
Colonial Single-seater - K460

06-02-2004, 05:59 PM
[orangered]Coffee table with tapa - K200[/color]

06-02-2004, 06:03 PM
Coat Stand - K120

06-02-2004, 06:05 PM
Ladie's dressing table - K300

06-02-2004, 06:07 PM
Square Dining Chair - K195