What is a Wicker Coffin?

A wicker coffin is a coffin that is made by the ancient wicker weaving technique commonly used to construct household and outdoor furniture.

Example of a natural wicker coffin
Example of a natural wicker coffin
Example of a wicker coffin with lavender bands
Example of a wicker coffin with lavender bands

Many people use the word “wicker” and “rattan” interchangeably, however they mean quite different things. Rattan is a material, specifically a type of vine with a strong and durable core. Wicker, on the other hand, is a technique used to manufacture items out of natural materials, such as rattan.

Why Choose a Wicker Coffin?

Wicker coffins are beautiful to look at and offer a nice alternative to the traditional wooden coffin. In addition to the aesthetics, many choose a wicker coffin because they are extremely environmentally friendly, constructed using only natural materials.

Wicker coffins are carbon neutral, meaning that when burnt in a cremation they only give off the same amount of carbon dioxide that they consume during their lifetime.

The materials used to make wicker coffins are grown sustainably without the use of fertilisers or pesticides, and are the coffins are constructed without the use of toxic varnishes, glues, plastics or metals.

Wicker coffins are a particularly popular choice of coffin for those planning a green funeral.

What Materials are Wicker Coffins Made From?

Wicker coffins are made from a range of natural materials including:

  • Willow
  • Rattan
  • Seagrass
  • Rush
  • Reed
  • Bamboo

Wicker Coffin Prices

Wicker coffins vary in price and generally start at around $1,200. For more information on the cost of coffins and caskets, see our Guide to Coffin Prices in Australia.

Wicker Caskets

In this guide we’ve used the word “coffin” rather than “casket”, however, the information here applies equally to wicker caskets. Wicker caskets and coffins are essentially the same with the key difference being in shape – coffins are wider at the shoulders and taper down towards the feet, whereas caskets have a more rectangular shape.

What is the History of Wicker Coffins?

Wicker coffins have been around for centuries and have been documented in history since the Roman empire.

In more contemporary times, an English surgeon named Sir Frances Haden is credited for bringing them back as a more modern option in the 19th century.

While Haden’s wicker coffins caught on in popularity only for a single Summer before going out of fashion once more, today they are a popular green choice, and by all accounts are here to stay.


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