Ramie


Ramie is a fibre extracted from the bark of some plants from the Urticaceae family. The nettle is a weed that grows wild in many parts of Italy and Europe (in Germany, Austria and Finland was a textile fibre widely used in the past) and the world (India and Nepal in particular), in the plains and hills up at different altitudes depending on the species.

 

In antiquity extracted as a result of the maceration of the stems into ammonia, currently the ramie fibre is obtained by various experimental processes, natural (with maceration in water or air) or chemical (with boiling in a vessel containing water, sodium carbonate and then sodium hydroxide).

 

 

The ramie is a soft fibre, although as all plant fibres is slightly woody to the touch. The fibre is long and thin, so the textile that comes out is thin and flexible but also strong and resistant as linen; also it is a hollow fibre and then breathable and heat-regulating. The appearance of the fabric obtained from this yarn is very particular, because it is shiny as silk , while being of vegetable origin. The fabric obtained from the maceration with natural processes is hypoallergenic and eco-friendly and has antistatic properties .

 

The ramie has a special feature: the cavity inside form a sort of air chamber that expands with the heat and shrinks with cold; this property is exploited in the spinning stage performing a more or less narrow twist in the yarn depending on the fabric that you want to obtain. A strong twist in the yarn will close the internal cavity and make it ideal to create a fresh and lightweight textile similar to cotton; a slight twist will keep the inner chamber and make the perfect yarn to a warm and soft fabric, more similar to wool. Combined with other fibres, it can improve the quality: the blending with wool decreases the level of shrinkage and increases the gloss, while the mixture with the cotton increases the strength and absorbency.

 

Knowed as early as the Bronze Age, its use was discontinued in time: the ramie was rediscovered in Italy after the First World War and then forgotten in favor of cotton and linen. Recently rediscovered as always available textile fibre with the possibility of totally natural extraction, zero impact, it often replaces linen or it is used in combination with it during insufficient harvest with respect to the request of the market. The ramie, in fact, is a wild plant (which grows spontaneously, although of course in the textile field are realized dedicated crops) and, being stinging and very resistant to pathogens, its cultivation does not need herbicides or pesticides. No parts of the plant are thrown away: it is used in textile industry, in paper industry and in animal husbandry. In the last decade in Italy (and especially in Tuscany) they have been carried out various projects for the reintroduction of ramie. Our baby carrier are one of the results and we hope, through babywearing, to rediscover this ancient and valuable fibre.

 


WASHING INSTRUCTION FOR RAMIE CARRIERS

 

The baby carrier containing the ramie fibre can be washed in a washing machine at 40 °C, it can be put in the dryer with a light cycle and can be ironed (preferably when it is still wet).