Hiroshima [Writing Tools] KUMANO Fude (Brushes)

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Art / Traditional crafts
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Chugoku Hiroshima
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Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square
Update date
2020-11-26

During the Edo era (1600-1868), farmers in Kumano who could not make a living from agriculture alone traveled to areas in what are now Wakayama and Nara Prefectures to look for work. Upon returning home, they sold writing brushes and ink they had acquired while away, and this eventually led to the making of brushes in Kumano.
Toward the end of the Edo era, brushes were being produced at a workshop set up by the Asano family, who ruled the Hiroshima domain. The skills and techniques they developed were passed down through the generations, establishing the Kumano brush-making craft as it is known today.

Items produced today include brushes for schools, calligraphy, painting and even makeup.

KUMANO Fude (Brushes) (details page)

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