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sustainable & vegane Produkte made of Tinder Fungus FUNGISKIN

Tinder Fungus

The tinder fungus - 'Fomes Fomentarius' is a parasite and a decomposer. As a tree fungus it grows on weakened deciduous trees and decomposes their wood components. Under its hard shell, a centuries-old material history is hidden. The fibers of the mushroom were originally used as "tinder" to make fire. Ötzi, the "Iceman", also carried a piece of the tree fungus with him. Later, the usefulness of the velvety soft material was discovered for textiles and wound dressings. In the 18th century, a whole industry of tinder production developed in Germany and Eastern Europe, but it quickly disappeared again with industrialization. ZVNDER produces unique vegan products and textiles from this almost forgotten raw material, using modern technologies and incorporating traditional processing methods.

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FUNGISKIN

FUNGISKIN is characterized by its marbled, velvety surface and has visual similarities with animal leather, but differs in that it is a vegan, sustainable alternative. FUNGISKIN feels exceptionally soft and pleasantly light due to its high air content, which gives the material additional insulating properties. FUNGISKIN also has highly absorbent and antiseptic properties.
The size of the FUNGISKIN depends always on the size of the mushroom body. (It can't be produced as yard goods...) The material thickness, weight, color, density, etc. can also vary within the surface. Please note that FUNGISKIN is a 100% natural product.
Each piece of FUNGISKIN is made from a single Tinder fungus. They differ in color, size, shape and feel. So it is possible that for the individual products, material of different mushrooms is used. Tinder Fungus contains a large amount of melanin, which can lead to discoloration, as with other natural products. In the course of time, FUNGISKIN also shows more and more traces of use, which are quite intentional and give the material its very own look. The FUNGISKIN also sensitive to moisture and dirt.
ZVNDER does not offer mass products. So if you are interested in a product made of tinder sponge, please contact us by mail or use the store function.

From Transylvania

At Zvnder, the quality of our materials has top priority. To ensure that our products meet our high standards, we work together with local families from the Transylvanian region, who have been practicing their craft since the 1850s and pass on their knowledge from generation to generation. Transylvania, is a region in the center of Romania with a large number of original forest areas and a high occurrence of tinder sponges.

Also the trees on which the mushrooms grow are cared for over years, in order to secure the species preservation of the mushroom. In the whole production process of "FUNGISKIN" no chemicals are used. The resulting residues can be used, for example, as smoked products in beekeeping.

To Berlin

In the Berlin based ZVNDER studio, the FUNGISKINs are further processed into handmade products. The manufacturing of a product is always based on the particular characteristics of the FUNGISKINs. As each piece of FUNGISKIN is unique in shape, colour, haptics and material thickness, ZVNDER's motto is - Form Follows Material. The FUNGISKINs are therefore carefully select for each product. In addition to the low material consumption, the material waste is also recycled as completely as possible. The leftovers from the FUNGISKINs can be processed into FUNGI-fibres. For instance, these are suitable for the production of paper and nonwovens. Some material properties are adapted to the product requirements, e.g. to protect the absorbent tinder fungi material from moisture and to make it more durable. For this purpose, various coatings are used for some products in addition to cotton textiles.

Collection

zvnder-quilt

QUILT

diffrent sizes from 68€

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zvnder-flexwallet

FLEXWallet

82€

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zvnder-wallet I

WoodgiWallet

70€

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zvnder-wallet I

WoodgiWallet raw

70€

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zvnder-wallet I

Wallet I

70€

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zvnder-wallet I

Wallet I RAW

70€

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zvnder-neck-pouch

NeckPouch I

84€

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zvnder-neck-pouch

NeckPouch II

84€

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zvnder-caps

DockerCAP

183€

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zvnder-sample

FUNGISKINPieces

different sizes from 8€

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Please note that tinder mushroom is a 100% natural product. Each piece of mushroom material is made from a single tinder mushroom fruiting body. They differ in color, size, shape and touch. So it can be that for the individual products, material of different mushrooms is used. Tinder sponge contains a large amount of melanin, which can lead to discoloration, as with other natural products. In the course of time, the material also gets more and more traces of use, which are quite intentional and give the material its very own look.

100% organic

100% natural

cruelty free

Contact

If you have any questions or just interested in buying a sample please email us at info@zvnder.com