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Date: 6/30/13 7:40 AM

Does anyone know where I can purchase ramie online? I did a google search but found nothing except descriptions of what ramie is and the plant from where it comes.

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Date: 6/30/13 11:04 AM

EOS has a few DKNY ramie stretch blends here.
Mood has a couple.

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Date: 7/1/13 7:16 PM

Thanks!

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Date: 7/29/14 10:05 AM

Bumping this back up to ask, does 100% ramie ever soften up enough to use for things like pants and skirts, or should I just use it for home dec? I have some in my stash that's been washed several times, but it's still quite stiff. Thanks.

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Date: 7/29/14 2:01 PM

According to wikipedia, ramie is strong, especially when wet, but it is brittle, with a tendency to break along fold lines.

I've touched RTW clothing made of ramie, and nothing about it has ever said, "Buy me!"

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Date: 7/29/14 3:34 PM

OK, thanks. I found a blog post online where someone heat-dried ramie repeatedly and eventually got it to have a softer hand, so she could use it in a garment, but the process seems to have made it permanently wrinkled. A nice look for certain types of garments, but probably not for pants.

I can tell it would make amazing pillows and other items where a very crisp linen-y look would work.


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Date: 8/1/14 8:51 PM

I gave up on ramie because it was too itchy. Don't know if it was the fabric, or just me. I can wear linen with no problem, though.
I wonder if that's why there seems to be less of it around.

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Date: 8/1/14 9:57 PM

I had a ramie-cotton summer sweater that I liked a lot (til I out-grew it!) but that was both a blend and a knit, so no troubles with wrinkles. It felt a little harsh after every washing, but softened up quickly from body-heat with every wearing.

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Date: 8/2/14 3:08 AM

I made a ramie skirt because I wanted the look of linen without the wrinkles, and I got some at a Fabric Mart 70% off. Wears beautifully, feels fine, and holds up extremely well to everything I do in a day.

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