Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Edo Fude

Edo Fude Photo

A comfortable writing touch supporting the city of the highest literacy level in the world.
From the 17th to 19th century, Edo Fude (handmade calligraphy brushes) developed as a learning and arts became popular among ordinary people in Japan. Most of them were manufactured in a tailor-made method, and famous calligraphers and painters love Edo Fude for demands of precise technique to adjust bristles in units of mm. It is not rare that the orders come from China or Korea, which are brush producing countries. Its bristles are made of animal hair of goats, horses, raccoon dogs and others because they can hold Japanese ink or allow paintings to the optimum extent. Different kind of hair are selected according to user’s handwriting and brushstrokes as well as applications. The making is robust and no bristle goes off. The bristles wear out evenly according to the brushstrokes, and it has a good hand touch. They can retain Japanese ink well to create special shades and blurs, supporting artists Eindividuality. Brush manufacturing involves nearly 30 processes, but craftsmen give importance to a careful combing with a metal comb. Through the combing process, crooked or broken hair are eliminated to complete a brush that has only good bristles. A tooth-loosing comb is a medal for a craftsman: this symbolizes the time and energy taken for the completion of a piece of brush.
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