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Amadou is a unique fungal material derived from polypore mushrooms by manual peeling process. It holds a profound cultural, spiritual, and medicinal history. Even today, this material remains highly relevant, as its properties closely resemble those of animal leather.

Amadou provides a soothing sensation upon touch, serving as a tactile experience of the fungal world. The material is light-weight, and has a smooth, velvet-like texture. It is naturally anti-inflammatory, and renewable. Unlike alternative lab-grown fungal materials, amadou contains no harmful or plastic-based binders; it is simply a creation of nature.

Tinder mushrooms grow widely in Europe, North America, and Asia. However, it is essential to know from which kind of growing environments they should be harvested to process the material from a hard, woody fruit body into a velvety fungal material.

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