Handmade Face Brush

A handmade face brush with a contemporary design from Tokyo, made of magnolia and goat hair.

£54 per item


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There are two words for ‘brush’ in Japanese, hake and burashi. Hake have long been used as cleaning implements in Japan, while burashi (from the English word ‘brush’) developed in the 19th century with the influx of new technology and machinery from abroad. As Japanese craftspeople reponded to this new demand, makers of hake adapted their skills and also began to manufacture burashi. The company where this brush is made is one such example of this shift. Produced in Sumida, Tokyo each brush is handmade by skilled hake craftspeople, from processing the magnolia wood body with saws and planes through to the preparation of the bristles before planting them into the hand-drilled holes. The bristles are made of high quality goat hair, selected for the flexibility and softness that make them ideal for face brushes.

Due to the natural of the material, cracks might appear in the wood.

Dry well after use.

Size: L12.5 cm x W5.5 cm
Hair length: 2 cm

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Hake and burashi - Japanese brushes for every occasion

Hake (pronounced ‘ha-kay’) have long been used as cleaning implements in Japan, for Buddhist altars, scripture restoration and stencil dyeing. Edo brushes – Edo hake – take their name from the city in which they were made; Edo (present-day Tokyo).

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Hake and burashi - Japanese brushes for every occasion