What is Ramie Fabric?

Ramie, also known as “China Grass”, is a flowering plant native to eastern Asia. For centuries, ramie fiber has been used for making fabrics and clothing. In fact, ramie has been used for clothes since at least 5000 - 3000 BC in Egypt.

Ramie fibers are one of the strongest natural fibers. Ramie can be up to 8 times stronger than cotton, and is even stronger when wet.

Ramie Fabric

Ramie as a fabric, can be a great eco-friendly alternative to using synthetic fibers or non-organic fibers. It is also very comfortable to wear and is highly absorbent. This makes it a great choice for warmer climates or summer months. Ramie fabric also has good stain resistance. It’s great in the wash too. It doesn’t shrink, can withstand high water temperatures, and it’s lustrous appearance actually improves with washing.

Ramie is low in elasticity and it does wrinkle easily. It is also quite costly to produce compared to other textile fibers, so this tends to raise the price of the end products.

Ramie can be used in a wide range of applications, including:

  • Dresses and skirts
  • Jackets
  • Pants
  • Shirts
  • Curtains
  • Upholstery
  • Bed sheets etc
  • Table cloths and table towels
  • Sewing threads
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Parachutes
  • Fire hoses
  • Canvas

Ramie is often blended with other fibers such as cotton and hemp to produce fabrics with different characteristics.

Companies selling products made with ramie include:

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8 Responses to “What is Ramie Fabric?”

  1. lilly Says:

    well… i visit your website first time and found this site very usefull and intresting !

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  2. carlos Says:

    thank you for the information, I saw ramie on my tag so searched it. you web site is very informative .

  3. Lisa Says:

    Here i search all fiber treatments and all protection regarding fiber. And its very informative about fiber. Ramie Fabric is also good fabric.

  4. Marilyn Stapleton Says:

    Hi,
    I sell clothes and accessories made from the giant wild Himalayn wild nettle on my website, http://www.wildweaves.co.uk These are all produced in Nepal by my son-in-law, Udaya, and my daughter in their small craft workshop in Kathmandu. You can also see products produced by son-in-law (including nettle) on his website, http://www.heavenhemp.co.uk

    Thanks, Marilyn

  5. maggie Says:

    As and eco-artist I found this article very informative. I use this fabric and many green fabric in my art work. I create green functional art and I’m always searching for resources and suppliers from which to purchase when I’m creating my art.

  6. Marilyn Stapleton Says:

    Hi Maggie

    We are now selling wild nettle fabric on our site as well as other fabric, nearly all handwoven in our daughter and son-in-law’s small workshop in Kathmandu. http://www.wildweaves.co.uk/Craft-and-Fabric/Wild-Himalayan-Nettle-and-Wool-Fabric-HH2011_19L-sold-per-metr.html
    I am gradually adding the fabric onto our site.

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