You may have seen this fabric a lot as I have, on vintage clothing, and maybe, as I did, thought it was an exotic name for a synthetic fiber, maybe prevalent in the 60's, especially with clothing coming out of Asia. 


I was wrong. The answer is far more interesting than I expected. Ramie is actually a plant-based fiber that's been used by China, Taiwan, Egypt, and has been used for centuries. The fiber itself is fairly strong, but due to competition from synthetic fibers and the relative difficutly of the plant to fiber process, it continues to see a decline in fabrics around the world.


Do you own anything with Ramie fibers. What do you think? Comment below. 


By <a href="" class="extiw" title="ja:User:Sphl">Sphl</a> - <span class="int-own-work" lang="en">Own work</span>, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link