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Kishu-san Syuro Tawashi (Trachycarpus fortunei scourer from Kisyu)

Since being invented in Japan in the Meiji period, the traditional Japanese scrubbing brush, called a tawashi, has been an essential item to the Japanese. These days, the majority of tawashi are mass produced scourers made from synthetic fibers or the hard fibers of the palm tree, but this product is made from Trachycarpus (a kind of palm plant) that grows in Japan. This tawashi is gentle, which is completely opposite of how tawashi are imagined to be. It can clean without damaging materials and will scrub the dirt off vegetables without damaging the vegetable surface. It is so gentle that it can even be used for bathing. Each one is handmade by a craftsman who has inherited the technical skills to make this scourer last a long time. This tawashi is a product of Japanese wisdom applied to everyday living that makes the most of nature’s gifts.