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Thunder Cloud - 100% Ramie (Linen-Look) This fabulous jewel-toned is one of some new additions to the website and was manufactured by the same renowned European company as our summer Linens for 2021 & 2022. With a soft textured feel & a luxe matte finish, natural fibre lovers, this is for you!
Ramie is an ancient fibre known to have been used for over 6000 years! It is also known as grass linen and grasscloth. It is taken from the stem of a plant, belonging to the nettle family but without the sting and it is often used as an alternative to linen.
Thunder Cloud This mid-light grey is perfect for grounding brighter colours. Grey is a go-to for most people's wardrobes, seriously smart or casually relaxed depending on the styles of garments you choose to make. It will certainly form the foundation of any outfit. We are confident you will be spoilt for choice with our choice of repeatable Linen-Look Ramies.
Want to know more about Ramie? Read our blog What is Ramie Fabric?
Thunder Cloud really does have all the characteristics of quality washed linen from the pleasing slubby yarn (which creates a sketchy cross-hatched look) to the comfortable hand, which immediately feels soft, breathable and absorbent to touch. Use this versatile grey, linen-look ramie fabric to create all those go-to garments sure to become perennial favourites in your wardrobe.
Ramie, grass linen, grasscloth (and known under various other terms) is a clever fibre, taken from a plant of the nettle family (but without the sting). and is often used as an alternative to linen. Ramie is cool and breathable, resistant to shrinkage, insect damage and mildew, it is a super-strong fibre and holds its shape well and is even stronger when wet! These wonderful plants have been used in textile production for thousands of years, ancient Egyptians are thought to have made a similar fabric to wrap their sacred dead in.
Soft, absorbent, breathable, comfortable and lightly textured with a subtle lustre (the mark of good quality) this fabric is a true classic. Choose key pieces you can layer with other breathable fabric garments.
Wide-legged trousers, The Pattern Stash - Cordelia Trousers, A-line dresses and skirts, pinafore dresses, popover pinafores and shark bite tunics are all pieces with drape and will create comfortable airy pieces perfect for teaming with simple white linen tops made in our Classic White - Crisp Linen & Cotton.
Thunder Cloud will also make more structured pieces; classic blazers and waistcoats like The Pattern Stash - Jemima Waistcoat.
The Layer Up Collection by Sew Different is also ideal for creating a capsule wardrobe of fresh spring-summer Ramie, Linen and (Linen blend) makes you will want to take through into autumn.
Ramie doesn't require pesticides or herbicides to grow and it can be harvested up to 6 times in a good year. It is very strong with some research suggesting that it is 8 times stronger than cotton.
It’s one of the oldest fibre crops, having been used for at least 6,000 years. The fibre is Vegan-friendly (unlike silk or wool), and unlike cotton doesn’t require pesticides or herbicides (like cotton does).
Weight: Medium (Heavy Drape)
Composition: 100% Ramie
Width: 142cm / 56inch
Pattern repeat: N/A
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There are so many lovely Ramie colours it was a hard decision to choose, but I chose this alongside the Anchor Grey ramie to make the Applepicker Dress Pattern. It's got a good structure and holds it's shape well! I've got my eye on the green ramie too, all the colours in the Ramie collection compliment each-other so well that you can easily use them together! - Donna