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

Tokyo TeueBrush

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To create that touch, manual works were necessary.
Brushes were introduced from the West along with modernization, and those developed into the wide product lines including Western cloth brush, shoe brush, body brush and others. Even today when most of them are manufactured by machines, Tokyo TeueBurashi (handmade brushes) adopts only manual methods. Animal hair of horses,pigs and others, and plant fibers are used for bristles. The manufacturing process starts from selecting only good hair. The next process of bristle implant is where the craftsmen’s skills at mostly required. The quality of hair varies according to body, rump, and tail, and a craftsman usesthem according to their flexibility and springiness. The next process of manual implant makes a complete difference from machine-made products: acraftsman checks the entire balance of bristles, and picks an appropriate volume of hair with the hand touch to implant them as bristles. The hole density is determined after prototype making is implemented several times. Horsehair cloth brushes can retain the sheen of delicate clothes, such as cashmere and Kimono, giving no damage. The brushescoming into contact with the skinusually usegoat-hair,and can give a special touch, asifembraced by the soft bristle. With the ambition to produce appropriate brushes for varying needs, craftsmen are studying in pursuit of ideal bristles day after day.
Tokyo Brush Manufacturing Association
Address: Tokyo Burashi Kaikan, 2-14, Azumabashi 2-chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo