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What is "Ramie" - Definition & Explanation

Fiber or fabric from the ramie plant, a perennial shrub grown in semi-tropical environments.
A bast fibre similar to flax, the fibre used for making linen textiles.
A sustainable bast fiber, similar to flax, taken from the stalk of a plant grown in East Asia and China. Itís three to five times stronger than cotton, extremely absorbent, and dries quickly. It is often mistaken for linen.
A natural woody fiber, similar to flax, taken from the stalk of a plant grown in China. Also know as rhea and China grass, it is obtained from a tall shrub grown in South-east Asia. China, Japan, and southern Europe. The fiber is stiff, more brittle than linen, and highly lustrous. It can be bleached to extreme whiteness. Ramie fibers are long and very fine. They are white and lustrous and almost silk-like in appearance. The strength of ramie is but elastic recovery is low and elongation is poor. Ramie lends itself to general processing for textile yarns, but its retting operation is difficult and costly, making the fiber unprofitable for general use. When combed, ramie is half the density of linen, but much stronger, coarser, and more absorbent. It has permanent luster and good affinity for dyes and is affected little by moisture. Ramie is used as filling yarn in mixed woolen fabrics, as adulteration with silk fibers, and as a substitute for flax. The China-grass cloth use by the Chinese is made of Ramie.
A strong, soft fiber yielded by the inner bark of the Ramie plant. The fiber is white, soft, lustrous and slightly coarser than flax (linen) when degummed and bleached. Ramie fabrics are strong, smooth and durable.
Ramie is also similar to linen and is a bast of plant fiber. It is natural white in color, has a high luster and an unusual resistance to bacteria and molds. Used in fabrics, and often mistaken for linen, it is extremely absorbent and dries quickly. Ramie has excellent abrasion resistance and has been tested to be three to five times stronger than cotton and twice as strong as flax. It is an inexpensive fiber from an East Asian plant and can be spun or woven into a fabric.
A strong lustrous woody plant fiber from an Asiatic nettle.
An important fiber from the ramie plant also known as "rhea" or "china grass". Ramie resembles flax but it is coarser. The cost of production in making the yarn is high. Ramie has great strength, lustre, body and appearance.
A bast fiber, similar to flax, taken from the stalk of a plant grown in China.
Strong staple fiber of cellulose yielded by the inner bark of the ramie plant. Often used as a less expensive substitute for linen or cotton.
China grass, providing a strong lustrous fiber resembling silk.

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