MuSkin: A Vegan “Leather” Made Entirely From Mushrooms

by , 06/20/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

MuSkin, mushroom leather, vegan leather, vegan textiles, leather alternatives, biodegradable textiles, biodegradable fabrics, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Fabrictionary, eco-textiles, eco-friendly textiles, sustainable textiles, eco-fabrics, eco-friendly fabrics, sustainable fabrics

MUSKIN \məsˈkin\

n. 1 a: A 100 percent biodegradable vegetal leather, extracted from mushroom caps and “tanned” using chemical-free methods. b: Resembles suede but is “much softer,” according to Italy-based textile manufacturer GradoZero Espace. c: Described as breathable, pliable, naturally water-repellant, and suitable for direct contact with human skin. d: Claims to stymie the proliferation of bacteria. 2: Easily shaped into myriad three-dimensional forms, including purses, watch straps, shoe insoles, and hats. 3: Similar to Myx, a Danish-made textile made by fusing commercial mushroom production waste with hemp or linen fibers to create a durable yet flexible matrix.

Related Posts

11 Responses to “MuSkin: A Vegan “Leather” Made Entirely From Mushrooms”

  1. Michael Redwood says:

    This looks like a good material but you cannot call it “leather”. Leather is reserved to material from animal skins and using it for other materials is illegal in many countries and a breach of consumer regulations in others. Calling it leather is a deliberate move to deceive as confirmed by the recent announcement on leather nomenclature from the EU.
    Michael Redwood

  2. Sue Thomas says:

    Would it be strong enough to make a bridle ?

  3. Nancy Arce says:

    gracias es una excelente nota la compartiré con mis alumnos soy Diseñadora de indumentaria y docente en Cördoba Argentina

  4. leabogdan says:

    Interesting thought on categorizing a material as a leather. In many products, like the fun to eat “fruit leather”, the word leather also not meant as a animal skin. Good point though Michael, to make sure to refer to the material category Muskin for official naming.

  5. Lea Stewart says:

    Sue, it is unclear if the strength would be durable enough for a bridle. You can follow the links in the article to manufacturers, who may be able to help you or provide samples.

    I love the idea of making a bridle from Muskin. Please let us at Ecouterre know if you take the idea further!

  6. Muskination says:

    We’ve been admiring muskin for the past 18 months, and we’ll be releasing new products soon from the first muskin label in the world.

  7. kashifbhayani says:

    Hey… where can we get this material from or the product made of this material.

  8. Ringer says:

    I would love to buy some of this for leatherwork. Can anyone tell me where I can get some?

  9. leabogdan says:

    I recently visited a Materials Connexion library and they had a sample of this material. The one I visited was in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Kendall College. If you contact them, they may have more details about the vendor if you are not finding enough contact info online.

  10. Judyb says:

    Totally agree with Michael Redwood on this one – consumers are very confused about what is leather and what is not so it is important that this is correctly described
    I look forward to getting some samples to test for care and cleaning solutions
    Judy Bass

  11. TheVeganDanDan says:

    @Ringer You can get them online from Life Materials

Leave a Comment

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.

Please note that gratuitous links to your site are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments.

Add your comments


Do you live in Canada? Register here

I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.

You must agree to receive emails from this site to subscribe.


Lost your password?