About Dye Mushrooms

Mushroom colours are especially prized, not only for the richness of their hues, but because of their limited availability. And here’s a fascinating aspect of mushroom dyeing: combine any number of colours chosen at random, and they’ll always look good together.

Most wild mushrooms, when put into the dyepot, will give a nice mushroom tan, if anything. Only certain mushrooms contain usable pigment, and in most cases, they can be processed directly after picking, usually by simmering gently in plain water.

And only a few mushrooms contain chitin (pr. kye-tin), the “building block” useful in making paper. Fortunately, most of the paper mushrooms grow in abundance on the Sunshine Coast.