Gourds are abundant in Taiwan, and play an important role in the indigenous cultures of the island. Aside from use as food, locals have used them to make all kinds of containers. Larger gourds are used to store grain or clothes, while smaller ones are used for containing wine or water. Gourds can also be used as floatation devices when crossing rivers, and as containers when travelling. The possession of large quantities of gourds was a symbol of wealth. Rattan weaving is also highly developed in Taiwan, and people usually weave rattan nets around gourd containers for convenience.