Long time members of our Miann & Co Community will know that our journey with natural fibres started many, many years ago - We will hit our 10 year anniversary in February 2021!
Throughout those years, we've stayed true to our love of cotton. Cotton makes up the large majority of all our products - from clothing, to bedding, to decor items and soft toys, there's a good chance they're made from cotton.
Cotton came to us at a crucial time in our lives when our children were suffering from eczema, and we were trying anything we could to ease their itching and pain. Since then, we have been passionate about exploring and developing in new fabrics. Over the years we've produced pieces with silk and linen make ups, and now we're so excited to introduce to you all our newest fabrication - ramie!
We were first introduced to ramie earlier this year while we were in the design process of our new range, Soleil - but ramie has been around for a very long time, it's been used for over 6,000 years. We had originally intended to produce our new loungewear in linen, but when we saw ramie swatches we were convinced that it had to be part of our collection.
Ramie is harvested from the stem of the Chinese Nettle, a similar plant to the European Nettle - sans the thorns. A single Chinese Nettle plant can be harvested up to six times a year and does not require herbicides or pesticides to grow, making it a super sustainable option.
Ramie has a linen like feel and wear (it is sometimes referred to as China Linen!). Like linen, it starts out as stiff and sturdy but relaxes over time and becomes softer and better with each and every wash. Our ramie fabric was sand washed, making it soft and smooth against the skin without the worry of having to wear it in - but it will continue to get more soft and supple over time. As it has been sand washed, it doesn't have the typical lustre of normal ramie.
It is more absorbent, and more durable than cotton - meaning it's a great choice for little ones, and people on the go. Being a natural fibre with linen like qualities, it's super breathable and is perfect for humid clients, and our own super dry Victorian Summers.
Like most natural fibres, ramie is super easy to care for. We recommend a gentle cold wash to avoid any snagging in the machine, or a hand wash with natural detergent. Ramie is known for retaining shape with minimal wrinkling, but if any wrinkles occur, a quick steam or iron will get it right out.
Ramie can be found in our new collection Soleil, in our Jade Shirts, Dawn Shirts, Aurora Pants and Eden Dress - staple pieces for any wardrobe this summer!
If you purchase any of these beautiful pieces, let us know what you think. We already know we'll be living in ramie this summer. Here are some of our favourite ways to wear this beautiful fibre:
Miann & Co x