Ramie is super soft and has a beautiful, luxurious sheen, it is a cellulosic fiber like cotton, linen and other plant fibers. It is a bast fibre (mechanically processed from the stalk of the plant) from Chinese Nettle, Boehmeria nivea similar to linen and hemp.
The fibres are more stiff than hemp or linen, so they work wonderfully for working a light, open weave. It has high absorbtion capabilities, and is very breathable. Ramie does not shrink, is resistant to rot and mildew. Keep in mind, that due to the stiffness, it doesn't like being folded.