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Robert Emslie February 5, 2013 All Things Hoon

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In Boston they may say that a car is wicked cool, but in Nigeria, this VW is wicker cool. Woven by 40 year old artisan Ojo Obaniyi as a means of advertising his work and showing his talent, the car is covered inside and out with raffa palm cane. Obaniyi has 20 years experience weaving Raffa cane and it shows as even the complex curves of the dashboard and steering wheel have been given the wicker treatment.

Palm Car

Missing from the little pickup are niceties like outside door handles and a bulkhead between the two-toned passenger compartment and the tiny load floor in back. Weather protection is likewise in short supply, but that’s okay because like your patio furniture a wicker car is probably all right left out in the rain.

Weaving

Quoted as saying, “I wanted to prove a point that it is not only the educated elite that can make positive changes in society,” Obaniyi claims his efforts weren’t just meant to drum up business, but also as demonstration of the value of artisans who may lack education but whose talents can still bring benefit to the world. While the question of whether the world actually needs wicker cars is open to debate, the fact that this one demonstrates ingenuity, artistry, and talent, is inarguable.

Source: [DesignBoom]

Currently there are "27 comments" on this Article:

  1. MVEilenstein says:

    Dude's got serious skill.

  2. topdeadcentre says:

    Valentine's Day is almost here… Candy is dandy, but wicker is quicker!

  3. Sjalabais says:

    Nice work! Would be fun to see driver and passengers alike slide in their seats from left to right and back again on a track.

  4. Alff says:

    He bought it as a basket case.

  5. OA5599 says:

    When his wife and mother-in-law take it out for a spin, it turns into a Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet.

  6. Wolfie says:

    That is some real ingenious craftsmanship. I looked it on wickerpedia.

  7. MVEilenstein says:

    I find this interesting from a sociological perspective; weaving is a skill learned by millions of people over the millennia, and still an essential skill in many societies. This guy has applied a primitive skill in a thorougly modern context – the car. In a word – cool. Very cool.

  8. POLAЯ says:

    It may sport some utility with the bottomless party in the back,

    <img src="http://oldstersview.files.wordpress.com/2006/07/wicker_car.jpg?w=414&h=269"&gt;

    but can you Hoon it?

  9. POLAЯ says:

    Don't let the Yoots get a hold of this, or wicker may have a dark future…

    <img src="http://www.vincentchow.net/images/homemade-spoiler_008.jpg"&gt;

    Look out carbon fiber!

  10. Tomsk says:

    Obligatory.

    [youtube Z3L3TWwdxpo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3L3TWwdxpo youtube]

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