Powder brush (total length: approx. 14 cm) x 1 / Earpiece: goat, metal fitting: aluminum, shaft: wood
Made in Japan
Box dimensions: approx. 14.5 x 6.5 x 4 cm
In Kumano Town, Hiroshima Prefecture, the art of brush making took root in the late Edo period, partly due to the industrial promotion policy of the Hiroshima Clan. In the Meiji period (1868-1912), the demand for brushes increased with the spread of the school education system, and the name spread nationwide. Today, Hiroshima is still known as Japan's brush capital, boasting the largest production volume of brushes in Japan. In recent years, the high quality of its cosmetic brushes has been recognized both in Japan and abroad, and the city is highly trusted by top artists.
Kumano brush is a general term for brushes produced in Kumano Town, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Kumano Town in Hiroshima Prefecture is the largest producer of "brushes" in Japan, as it is known as the "brush capital.
Kumano brushes are roughly classified into three categories: hair brushes, painting brushes, and cosmetic brushes.
According to a survey conducted in 2006, 10 million hair brushes, 12 million painting brushes, and 28 million cosmetic brushes were produced in one year.
It is said that there are about 100 companies and 2,500 people involved in the production of brushes in Kumano, the "brush capital of Japan. Traditional Crafts
In 1975, the Kumano brush was designated as a "traditional craft" by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) in recognition of the brush-making techniques that have been passed down for over 100 years.
Traditional craft Kumano brushes are defined as brushes manufactured in accordance with the following regulations.
Name of traditional craft : Kumano Brush
Traditional techniques or skills
For fire and hair mopping, the ashes of rice husks shall be used.
For cutting, "sunki" and scissors are used.
Mixing hair is done by "kneading".
Hemp threads should be used for thread fastening.
Traditionally used raw materials
The hair of goat, horse, deer, raccoon dog, weasel, or cat, or animal hair of equivalent quality, shall be used for the head.
The shaft shall be made of bamboo or wood.
Area of manufacture : Kumano Town, Aki-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture
A brush craftsman who has at least 12 years of experience in brush making and is recognized as a master brush maker with excellent skills and experience is certified as a "Traditional Craftsman".
*Writers who do not meet the above conditions are considered "secondary products" made using "traditional craft" techniques. History of Kumano Brushes
It is said that brush making began in Kumano Town at the end of the Edo period.
The main industry of Kumano was agriculture, but the farmland was too small due to its location in a basin, so the farmers went to Nara and Kishu to work during the off-season.
On their way home from work, they would purchase brushes and ink brushes in Nara, Osaka, or Hyogo Prefecture and return to Kumano as peddlers. This was the beginning of the connection between Kumano and brushes.
In the Meiji period (1868-1912), the spread of the education system increased the demand for brushes, which led to an expansion of production.
As more children went to school, more brushes were used, more people began to make brushes, and efforts and innovations to produce good brushes were further promoted.
While brush making gradually began to decline with the development of modern industries in Tokyo, Osaka, Nara, and other areas, no new industries were introduced to Kumano, and brush making developed into an industry that supported the region, reaching the production of 70 million brushes in 1936.
When World War II broke out, brush making became almost impossible due to the difficulty in obtaining raw materials and the loss of workers to the war.
Two years after the war ended, calligraphy education in schools was discontinued, which was a big problem for Kumano brush makers, and they pooled their wisdom to solve this problem.
Some people began to seek a way of life in making painting brushes and cosmetic brushes at that time.
Later, in 1958, calligraphy education in schools was revived, resulting in a greater demand for Kumano brushes than before.
In 1975, Kumano's brush industry became the first in the Chugoku region to be designated as a traditional craft by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry).
In 2004, Kumano acquired a collective trademark, a rarity in Japan at the time, and in 2006, a unified brand mark for Kumano brushes was developed and widely publicized as proof that the products are made in Kumano.
In recent years, the quality of our cosmetic brushes has been recognized overseas, leading to an increase in OEM contracts with major overseas cosmetics manufacturers and a sharp increase in the production and shipment of cosmetic brushes.