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A Papasan chair (also called a bowl chair) is a large rounded bowl-shaped chair with an adjustable angle similar to that of a futon. The bowl rests in an upright frame traditionally made of rattan, but also sometimes made of sturdy wicker or wood. While similar designs of furniture have existed around the world, the papasan was introduced in the United States in the 1950s, and rose to great popularity in the 1970s.
The cushion of the chair is typically thick velveteen material filled with cotton fluff. In traditional papasans, the cushion can be removed and used outside of the sturdy frame, although it is hand-wash only. Non-traditional papasan chairs have sturdy metal or plastic frames, and are of similar design as traditional chairs. The metal or plastic frame typically folds into itself, allowing for easy transportation and storage. The folding type chairs are also known as "moon chairs" or "dish chairs" .
The Mamasan chair is a double-seating version, and was introduced to the western world in the 1950's. Prior to that it was in use in far eastern Asia, particularly in Indonesia, Thailand and Japan.
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