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A characterful hardy fabric made from 100% ramie (nettle) fibre. The grainy and textured crossweave is created from a black warp and white weft that utilise yarn-dyed slubby fibres. It gives a full look, and substantial hand feel, and yet the slub weave, along with being a natural fibre, offers breathability. Perfect for all-season clothing, plus sleepwear and childrenswear, and homewares and soft furnishings.
Also available at Fabrications Hackney in a small quantity to buy in person (approximately 5 metres).
Requiring no to little chemicals to grow and process, ramie is a good fibre for the land, for farmers, yarn processors and for weavers.
Harvesting is usually done by hand, with stalks being soaked in water to allow the fibres to come away from the bark. It is a lengthy and generally costly process, with additional difficulty coming from spinning where the brittle fibres cause issues. However, this can actually be a pro, as we end up with highly textured and interesting fabrics.
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 odour resistant - so it has added benefits when made into home furnishing or clothing products.
Suitable for the washing machine and tumble dryer, but we recommend cooler washing and air drying.
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. We recommend line drying as this reduces energy usage and looks after your textiles for longer. Use a mild detergent, light botanical refresher or even just steam the item you've made in your bathroom after a shower. Iron on a medium temperature, however the textured look should hide any creasing.
Backpacks, Bags, Bath Robes, Bedding, Blinds, Blouses, Curtains & Pelmets, Dresses, Embroidery, Homewares, Jackets & Coats, Machine Sewing, Millinery, Scarves & Neckwear, Shirts, Skirts, Sleepwear, Soft Furnishings, Suits, Table Runner, Trousers & Shorts
Stepped pricing is available on quantities of 25 metres and over. Email us at email@example.com to enquire.
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Eco Credentials:||Sustainable; Low Impact