Melbourne designer Amanda Morglund makes fashion from fungi.
She creates biodegradable and sustainable clothing using mushroom “mycelium” (simply put; the growing, asexually reproductive part of fungus). This can be grown on anything from petrol to corn husks. Amanda sources recycled kimono silk, hemp silk and recycled cotton to combine with mycelium fabrics for her collection of embroidered luxury-wear.
The potential applications derived from this fascinating process are vast. Mushrooms can be used to break down previously wasteful and harmful materials or transform them into biodegradable ones. And aside from fashion, other creatives are already using mycelium to make sculptures, furniture, or even for breaking down derelict houses and turning them into new sustainable homes.
/ Watch ‘Mycelium Made’ by filmmaker Emily Medbury screening at Australasian Shorts (31st October) as part of the Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) (24th October – 1st November).
/ Update: Since EFFA has concluded for 2019, you can now watch the brilliance of ‘Mycelium Made’ below.