How to Care for Ramie?
Ramie fibres come from the stem of a nettle plant called China grass. The stems are processed in a manner similar to that used for transforming flax fibres into linen fabrics. A coarse, lustrous plant fibre similar to linen; often blended with cotton, silk, and some synthetics. Resistant to shrinkage, insects, and mildew, but wrinkles easily. Handwashing is always the best and safest method for washing ramie. Another option is machine wash in cold or warm water to prevent shrinking or stretching. Ramie clothes can be line dried or tumble-dried on low to medium heat.
To remove wrinkles, steaming is recommended for the best and safest finish. To iron, hover over delicate items using the steam setting, or press using the lowest temperature setting. Please be aware that dump hot ironing may cause colour changes in your textile, especially in dark colours!
Fibre Blends and Combinations
Fibre blends and combinations are those fabrics in which two or more textile fibres are used. The fibres can be blended or combined in various yarn and fabric structures.
Blended fabrics are woven or knitted from yarns which have been made by blending two or more fibres together before they are spun into yarn.
Combination fabrics are those which contain two or more different types of fibres; the warp or filling yarns may be a blended fibre and the yarn in the other direction may be a single fibre. Union fabrics have warp yarns made of one fibre and filling yarns made of another.
In blends the addition of natural fibres will:
- Increase moisture absorbency
- Provide greater comfort
- Reduce static electricity
- Improve aesthetic appeal
- Improve strength
- Improve wash and wear characteristics
- Minimize shrinking or stretching
- Improve abrasion resistance
- Improve wrinkle resistance and recovery
- Improve pleat and crease retention
- Add lustre or sheen
Using proper methods of washing, drying, and storing clothes is sustainable. It will help your textiles to last longer and make them look better!