The Wonder 500™ Certified Product Details
Brush manufacture started in Japan during the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Although the mechanical mass production of brushes soon developed in line with growing demand, the tradition of having brushes handmade individually by artisans persisted in Tokyo. The techniques for hand-crafting brushes have been handed down to the present day, and have now been designated as one of Japan’s Traditional Craft Products from Tokyo, under the name of “Tokyo teue handmade brushes.” The clothes brushes created by Uno Hake Brush Seisakusho Co., Ltd. are examples of this genre. All stages of production—from the cutting of the timber that forms the brush base in which the hairs are set, to the attachment of the hairs to the base and the finishing of the completed brush—are undertaken by a single craftsman working by hand. Only natural animal hair is used in these brushes, taken from horses, goats and other animals. Different types of hair are used depending on the purpose of each brush, with hair being divided not only according to the species of the animal it came from, but also the part of the animal where it grew, including mane hair and tail hair. The tiny grooves in the brush base into which the hairs are set are cut in a “V” formation so that they get wider towards the surface; this makes the hairs less likely to fall out, and also ensures that the hairs are able to spread outwards from the base to the tip, making the brushes more comfortable to use.