Ramie is one of the natural textile fibers such as hemp, linen, cotton, jute, sisal and abaca. It is native to the Far East and has been used for millennia.
This textile fiber is white, fine and lustrous, very similar to silk and, therefore, is often referred to as vegetable silk.
The first evidence of its use dates back to Ancient Egypt, in fact mummies were found wearing ramie dresses dating back to 5,000 BC.
Even today, the use of this fiber is limited to the production of fine fabrics and garments due to its difficulty in extraction, which consequently raises costs.