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Silver Ramie Fibers

Comprised of cells that are exceptionally long, ramie is one of the strongest vegetable fibers in the world. Because of this, the material is frequently utilized in items that require exceptional strength and durability, such as rope, industrial sewing thread, and fishing nets. Ramie is also very absorbent and a natural lustrous white in color, making it highly accepting of a wide variety of dyes. Yet, the fiberís poor elasticity makes it more popular in fabric blends than in textiles comprised solely of ramie in many locales. It is, for instance, a common component in cotton knit sweaters, increasing the strength and luster of the apparelís fabric, which retains most of its flexibility despite the brittleness of ramie.

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