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A thick but lightweight, warm fabric, made from 100% Ramie, a sustainable fibre. With a textured crossweave, it looks almost like a wool. Created with variable yarn-dyed threads in black and white.
Ramie is one of the oldest harvested fibres - it has been grown in China for many centuries and thought to have been used for wrapping Egyptian mummies! A matured ramie plant has huge roots, and, unlike cotton for example, once planted, harvesters only need to cut the stems above the ground, leaving it to grow back and continue the cycle for more than twenty years. Even linen has to be replanted every year. The roots protect the surrounding soil and prevent deforestation. Because of this protective quality for the soil, the Chinese government has made ramie planting mandatory in certain regions.
Ramie provides multiple benefits over other fibres; it doesn’t require irrigation, as it survives on rainwater, and doesn't need draining. It also doesn't require pesticides to grow - one of the most damaging aspects of conventional cotton. It's very easy to maintain, as it can be planted where other crops, such as corn or rice, can suffer, including on hills, near ponds and even in back gardens! Because it's fast-growing, ramie can also be harvested up to six times a year. So it is a much more sustainable raw material compared to those that can only be harvested twice annually. Ramie is also incredibly durable, resistant to mildew and odor resistant - so it has added benefits when made into home furnishing or clothing products.
Suitable for the washing machine & tumble dryer.
Turn the machine down to 30 degrees for a more environmentally friendly wash. In Europe alone, if every household turned its washing temperature down to 30°C, we could save 12 million tons of CO2 a year
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|Country of Origin:||China|