Fortunately, there are more and more eco-friendly fabrics revolutionizing the fashion industry. Ramie is one of them. It is made of natural fibers from the Ramie plant.
Ramie fabric is very strong and durable, light and breathable like cotton and linen. It is not very flexible or elastic.
It is a very eco-friendly and sustainable fabric, great for the eco-conscious shopper. Ramie is originated from China, India and Indonesia and has been used thousand years, making it one of the oldest fiber crops.
The Ramie plant is mainly used for fabric production. Farmers have been using its fiber to weave clothing.
Nowadays, Ramie is used as a cotton substitute. It is very versatile and used to create dresses, sweaters, skirts, jackets, suits, shirts, blouses, pants, jeans or sportswear.
Ramie is one of the strongest natural fibers. It is also anti-bacterial and dries quickly.
With regained interest in natural fibers in the fashion industry, the popularity of Ramie is rising. But it is not widely used because it remains expensive, due to labor costs during cultivation and production. The cheaper alternatives are cotton and linen.
The production process of ramie is very similar to the one used for linen. It involves lots of chemicals and is labor-intensive.
About the Author: Alex Assoune
Alex Assoune (MSc) is a global health and environmental advocate. He founded Panaprium to inspire others with conscious living, ethical, and sustainable fashion. Alex has worked in many countries to address social and environmental issues. He speaks four languages and holds two Master of Science in Engineering from SIGMA and IFPEN schools.