M Y C E L I U M   T E X T I L E S

EXPLORATION OF THE POSSIBILITIES OF MUSHROOM MATERIAL FOR TEXTILES AND FASHION PIECES

This project started with a research and own experiments to find and develop material grown from mushrooms. Mycelium as a base for building materials and textiles is still in the development phase; an unusual but promising material, especially in terms of sustainability. Most people are skeptical towards the use of mushrooms, other than for nutritional or medical reasons. But the new material is nontoxic, skin-friendly, antibacterial, light and very stable. It is also biodegradable and consists of fast-growing raw materials and more often from agricultural waste products
– a seemingly promising material! But the aesthetic qualities of the first products seem to be at a stage as early as their biotechnological development. The question arises as to how sustainable a material is without sufficient aesthetic prerequisites.

In my work, I present materials from four different mushroom varieties, which differ greatly in their properties. I found that the biggest challenge, but also the greatest acknowledgement for the new fabrics would be for people to accept and even appreciate them as a piece of clothing – the willingness to wear them directly on skin. The materials are therefore presented in the context of a simple yet avantgardistic fashion design in which the material's properties influence the cut and pattern of the particular piece.