Ramie is a bast fibre, which means it comes from the stem of a plant, grown in tropical countries mostly in southeastern Asia. Typically it is bleached to an almost pure white. Our supply is very fine and soft. Ramie can be spun by itself or used in blends. It's well-suited for lighter summer wear, from against-the-skin to outerwear. An intriguing fibre for those that can't wear wool.

We are thrilled to offer natural white as well as some beautiful new dyed shades from a mill in Italy. These are great for making unusual blends with wool or other fibres, or spinning all by themselves. Ramie has remarkable sheen, almost as nice as silk. Staple length is 7 to 8 inches for the white, and a more easy-to-handle 5 to 6 inches for the dyed ones.

Please excuse our photos: ramie has such sheen that reflection really makes it a nightmare to photograph accurately.

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