Ramie is a type of fabric that is collected from the plant called Boehmeria and Ramie. This Chinese plant belongs to the Urticaceae family. It is known in various terms including rhea, grass or China grass cloth. Ramie is under the classification of a cellulose fiber along with rayon, linen, and cotton. The leading producers of this type of fabric are Taiwan, China, Philippines, Brazil, and Korea.
Ramie is not a popular fabric in the fashion industry but it is one of the most commonly used fabrics in the manufacture of garments. It is usually blended with cotton, wool, and rayon to help make such fabrics more wearable. and is available in knit and woven fabrics. It is a much more affordable alternative to the expensive linen and that is why it is commonly used in the manufacture of apparel fabrics for shorts, shirts, table napkin, and handkerchiefs.
One of the advantages of Ramie fabric over the other fabrics is its strength because it has one of the strongest natural fibers and it gets even stronger when wet. Other advantages include resistance to mildew, bacteria, high temperature and insect, easily dyed, non-shrinking and it can also be bleached.