Daily Swatch: Mushrooms

The Daily Swatch shows one piece of vintage fabric (almost) every day. Themes change periodically. You are welcome to add your own examples of the theme to the True Up and/or Vintage Fabric Flickr Pools.

mushrooms from calloohcallay

Mushrooms seem to me a strange motif to become as popular as it did in the 60s-70s. Veiled drug reference, sure sure, but that explanation doesn’t satisfy me. Any theories?

Mushrooms from the vintage housewares collection of calloohcallay on Flickr.


  1. Jacqui says:

    It is kind of odd isn’t it, but as a child of vaguely hippy-ish parents back in the early 70s mushrooms (of the non-drug kind) sort of represented getting closer to nature, eating foods gathered in the wild, not buying what you could get for free, plus of course good food! I think at that point people had so totally grown away from gathering wild foods that it was a really alien concept for the majority. Why on fabric though I have no idea, although perhaps there was also a rise in the popularity of illustrations of simple things from nature? There were lots of books around on nature crafts, learning trees and flowers etc. and books on identifying mushrooms were also very big. Plus of course they’re just neat to look at!

  2. Felicity says:

    I think Jacqui got it right. My parents weren’t even vaugely hippy-ish, but I still have all the same associations from my early 70s childhood. Also the whole earth-tone thing, they really work with that.