"he hurried over to a rattan basket and drew out a calabash"

 Calabash, or Lagenaria siceraria, is a vine also known as the bottle gourd, opo squash or long melon. The fruit can be hollowed and dried for use as a container.

Rattan woven chair
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRattan woven chair - Credit: Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons
Rattan is a type of palm. The leaves and stems are used to make wicker baskets.