Ramie is a flowering plant of the NETTLE family Urticaceae, native to East Asia.
It is one of the oldest fiber crops and mainly used for fabric production. The fabric made of the Asian nettle plant has been used for at least six thousand years, as it is one of the strongest natural fibres.
It is a bast fibre, and the part used is the stalks.
Ramie is normally harvested two to three times a year but under good growing conditions can be harvested up to six times per year without use of fertilizers.
Ramie has been around for so long that it was even used in mummy cloths in Egypt during the period 5000–3300 BC and has been grown in China for many centuries.
Also in the UK nettle was used to produce fabric for the soldiers uniforms during WW1.
hardwearing and durable
even stronger when wet
known especially for its ability to hold shape
reduced wrinkling (specially compared to linen)
silky lustre of the fabric appearance
anti-bacterial, meaning not taking on smells easily (N.B. means less washing and great for travelling! Rather stain resistant too.)
No shrinkage is expected
Easy to care for: washing machine, 30 Degrees Celcius and if you feel it needs ironing: medium heat