Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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ramie

A tall herb of the nettle family, native to tropical Asia and cultivated in other suitable areas. The fibers are obtained by decorticating and degumming Boehmeria nivea (white leaves) and B. tenacissima (green leaves), the latter being the more important of the two. The degummed material is practically pure cellulose and is identical in composition with bleached cotton and linen. Ramie fibers are among the strongest vegetable fibers known, and are durable and not as much affected by moisture as are many other fibers. It is used in the East as a textile fiber and in Europe for banknote paper. It is a potential source of papermaking fibers. Also called "rhea." (17 , 77 , 143 )




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