Mushroom suede: how to make a leather substitute from a regular polypore

Mushroom suede

I will not be smart with introductions. This amazing material was first invented and made many centuries ago in the Baltics. Mushroom skin is durable, extremely soft and often has an amazing pattern. So, let's move on to the recipe:

  1. Find a large live tinder fungus (real tinder fungus is preferred)
  2. Clean the tinder fungus from the soft core (it differs in a dark color, marble pattern with mycelium nodules and extreme fragility to break), hymenophore (by the way, it can be used by beekeepers to get excellent smoke, but this is a completely different topic) and shell. Only the fibrous base should remain.
  3. Cut the fibrous residue into thin slices
  4. We beat off the slices with a mallet until softness and characteristic velvety are achieved.
  5. Knead in hands to achieve greater softness and elasticity.

That's all you need to get this material.


  1. Store mushroom suede and raw materials in a dry place, because the material is susceptible to rapid mold and decay
  2. Do not dry polypores in the microwave or on the stove. It will lose moisture, but the material will become irreversibly hard.

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