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Kumanofude brushes are manufactured in Kumano-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima. Kumano’s brush making has been passed down to posterity since Edo era. Currently, Kumano-cho has 1,500 brush making craftsmen who are called “Fudeshi.” Among them are 20 artisans with more than 12 years of experience in making brushes with excellent finesse and practice; they are acknowledged as “traditional craftsmen,” maestros of brush making. Brushes carefully made by these traditional craftsmen with integrity have been highly regarded as top-quality brushes.
Japanese weasel hair brush, made by Kaei, 3,780 yen
It is also suitable for e-tegami (hand drawn postcards), Japanese painting, and Indian ink painting. Made by Traditional Craftsman Kaei
Animal hair used as a raw material for brushes (including goat, horse, weasel, deer, and raccoon) is mainly imported from China and North America. The stiffness and flexibility varies by hair, so craftsmen pick and mix a variety of hair to make a handy brush by making use of merits each animal hair has.
Happy box / 12,500 yen
A set of five brushes created by collaboration with a makeup brush manufacturer. It is a superb product appreciated as a gift–particularly for wedding–as well as to use it for yourself.
It is said that Kumano takes charge of 80% of brush production in Japan; the city produces brushes for writing, painting, and makeup in constant pursuit of handiness. Also, in recent years, the quality of Kumano’s makeup brushes is highly appreciated overseas. They shouldn’t be missed as gifts for ladies, right?
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