Ramie fibers: Textile Industry fiber Directory
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Ramie is one of the strongest natural fibers and it is strong even when wet.

Ramie (pronounced Ray-me) is one of the oldest vegetable fibers and has been used for thousands of years. It was used for Chinese burial shrouds over 2,000 years ago, long before cotton was introduced in the Far East. Ramie is classified chemically as a cellulose fiber, just as cotton, linen, and rayon. Leading producers of ramie are China, Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines and Brazil. Until recently ramie has been unknown in the ready-to-wear market in this country, but it is appearing in more garments. It is often blended with cotton and available in woven and knit fabrics that resemble fine linen to coarse canvas. Ramie usage increased in the mid-1980s with a fashion emphasis on natural fibers and a loophole in textile import regulations. Ramie, and garments made of more than 50 percent ramie, entered the United States without import quota limits. Legislation was passed in 1986 eliminating the quota-free status of ramie. Ramie is also known as China-grass, rhea and grasscloth. The fibers are found in the bark of the stalk. The process of transforming ramie fiber into fabric is similar to manufacturing linen from flax. The fiber is very fine and silk-like, naturally white in color and has a high luster.

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A plant of the nettle family native to tropical Asia, but cultivated in other suffciently warm regions. The botanical name is Bohemeria nivea (especially important is variety Tenacissima). The bast fiber from the decorticated material is commercially known as China Grass and is used as a textile fiber. It is a potential source of papermaking fibers.

Ramie Old Fiber New Image: General information on ramie plus care recommendation for ramie products.

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Anthyia: Anthyia is created to execute the founder´s belief that she can educate those ramie farmers and factories in her hometown, and improve ramie fiber’s quality and make them into one rare natural and sustainable fiber for luxury fashion and home market.

Doshi Group: Doshi Group is one of the leading trading house in an Indian market for Exports, Imports & Local Trading on Commission basis. The company has a strong base in India, Gulf and Far Eastern countries with its own associates in up country.  Ramie is one of the strongest natural fibers. It exhibits even greater strength when wet. Ramie fiber is known especially for its ability to hold shape, reduce wrinkling, and introduce a silky lustre to the fabric appearance. It is not as durable as other fibers, and so is usually used as a blend with other fibers such as cotton or wool. It is similar to flax in absorbency, density and microscopic appearance. However it will not dye as well as cotton. Because of its high molecular crystallinity, ramie is stiff and brittle and will break if folded repeatedly in the same place; it lacks resiliency and is low in elasticity and elongation potential

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