Currently there has been a new trend growing in the world of rattan furniture and rattan industry in Indonesia, using Kubu rattan as furniture’s material. Interest in utilizing Kubu rattan is more increasing, after natural dyeing technique of Kubu has been found. This natural dyeing method changes the color of Kubu into grey, by soaking the rattans into the mud without any additional chemicals for a month. The technique has been unintentionally discovered by some business actors from trying to utilize Kubu rattans, which their colors have changed into grey due to humidifying process that is happening in the course of rattans transportation.
Rather than complaining about the changed colors of these Kubu rattans, the rattan industry turn this ‘accident’ into new trend creation of Grey Kubu furnitures. The natural dyeing technique of Grey Kubu has added more value to the rattan furnitures made from Grey Kubu. Grey Kubu furnitures are then known as eco-friendly rattan furnitures due to this natural dyeing method. World market, especially European market have started to demand eco-friendly rattan furnitures in great numbers.
Grey Kubu furniture trend has also replaced the use of Sarangbuaya (crocodile’s dent) furniture that previously had been most-liked. Sarangbuaya rattan is favored for its flexibility, strength and old brown color. Nowaday, Sarangbuaya rattan is hard to find due to its overexploitation in the past without cultivating and re-planting it after the harvesting.