The fabric of the Laakso dress in blue is made of ramie, which belongs to the nettle family. It is a bast fibre. Ramie is also known as chinese nettle, grass cloth or China linen. The fabric is known for its strength and durability. Ramie fibre is naturally white and moisture absorbent. It makes the fabric very easy to dye and bleaching is unnecessary. The fibre is stronger than cotton, wool and even linen. It can be up to 8 times stronger than cotton. Ramie can be harvested up six times per year, and it is a perennial.
Getting stronger while wet, the fabric does not shrink or lose shape. Neither does it fade when exposed to sunlight. It resists mold, mildew and other microorganisms as well. Because the process of making ramie from fibre to fabric is long and expensive, it hasn’t gained widespread popularity. Ramie fabric is very breathable and can resist high temperatures just like other bast fibres. Because of the sheen of the fabric, ramie appears silky and looks luxurious.
The Laakso dress in blue, black and powder pink are currently our only products made of ramie, but we have dresses made of nettle and hemp. Find all our bast fibre products here.