Ramie is made from a bush-like plant and is harvested several times a year, up to six. It is made of the layers of the plant that are just inside the bark that are then processed and spun into fabric.
Even though ramie has been used for 6,000 years, it is still used today. Most of the time it is used in China, Japan and Brazil, although some designers have started incorporating the fiber into their fabrics and designs. One
of these designers is Marni--in 2008 a number of garments were produced with ramie in the fabric. Pictured is one such dress--the ramie is blended with synthetics to stabilize it and increase its durability. Not only is the dress extremely stylish, but the textiles used have truly stood the test of time!
Pictures courtesy of ebay seller "rra2531" and listing number 230322949516