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Rotan Melaka, Yat Heng Rattan House

Melaka holds a special place in our hearts. It has been the site of many memorable trips, where we’ve indulged in the local coffee culture and explored the museums. Ashraf, in particular, was entranced by the collection of ship models at the Maritime Museum. 

But on our most recent visit to Melaka, on a Saturday in February 2023, we found ourselves at Yat Heng Rattan House, also known as Rotan Melaka. This shop, situated in the historic district of Jonker Walk, is a place of rare beauty.

We’re talking about a shop with a history of three generations of crafting and selling authentic rattan products since the 1920s.

As fate would have it, one of the grandchildren of the founder, Mr Philip, was present in the shop during our visit. We took the opportunity to have a chat with him, a casual exchange that lasted but a brief moment. 

Rotan Melaka is a family-owned business that has been operating for over 100 years. The shop is run by the third generation of the family, who have continued the legacy of their ancestors and are committed to producing high-quality rattan products.

The furniture at Yat Heng is carefully crafted by skilled artisans, ensuring that each piece is not only beautiful but also functional and long-lasting.

The natural beauty of the rattan material is enhanced by the traditional techniques used by the craftsmen, making each piece truly unique.

In addition to its beautiful furniture, Yat Heng also offers a wide range of accessories and decor items made from rattan. From lampshades and baskets to wall hangings and vases, the shop has almost everything you need to add a touch of natural beauty to your home.

Following our visit to Rotan Melaka, we made our way to Coffeebar125+ for its delicious latte. We are well aware of the many coffee shops in the city of Melaka and the difficulty in choosing where to begin, but we can assure you, you cannot go wrong starting with Coffeebar125+

And for those seeking a truly singular and authentic shopping experience in Melaka, we implore you to pay a visit to Rotan Melaka.

Rattan Flower Vase

Measuring 21 centimeters tall by 9 centimeters wide, our Rattan Flower Vase is the ideal size for holding fresh-cut flowers, branches, or dried botanical arrangements. The sturdy base and wide opening ensure stability and secure display of your floral creations. Crafted to last, this vase combines durability with timeless beauty.  

Labu Sayong Corak Satu - Large (Red & Green)

Its traditional elegance adds a timeless appeal to your living space. Order yours today and support the skilled artisans who handcrafted these beautiful pieces.

Batu Seremban

A traditional game that generations of Malaysians have enjoyed. Batu Seremban. Made from soft and durable materials, our Batu Seremban set includes five small, colourful beanbag-like stones that are perfect for tossing and catching.

Labu Sayong - Medium Black

Whether you use it to serve refreshing water or display it as a decorative accent, this labu sayong is a perfect addition to any room. Its graceful form and detailed craftsmanship make it a thoughtful gift for someone special or a beautiful addition to any collection.

Lily Rose by Tiffin Jeiwa

This tiffin carrier from Tiffin Jeiwa features a beautiful hand-painted design. The waterproof and non-fading paint ensures that your carrier will look great for years to come. Made of high-quality stainless steel, the carrier is durable and easy to clean. You can even place it in the freezer or chiller, making it perfect for storing leftovers or packed lunches.

Kain Batik Sarung - Variation Four (Corak Lima)

Arina Batik comes in a range of exclusive, beautiful, and modern colour combinations that are unique and contemporary. Don't miss the opportunity to own a piece of this beautiful and unique batik, made with high-quality materials and stunning design.

Oval Rattan Basket - Medium

Easy to transport, with comfortable handles for a secure grip, and the spacious interior of each basket provides ample room for storage. Order yours today and bring the timeless appeal of this beloved market basket set to your home.

Mengkuang Trio Glam Kit - Pink

With the Mengkuang Trio Glam Kit, you'll never have to worry about losing track of your beauty essentials again. The bags are perfectly sized to fit all your must-haves, and the stylish design adds a touch of glamour to your daily routine.


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