Shuro Fiber Brushes
made by craftsman in Wakayama, Japan
These brushes are made of shuro, natural fiber of Trachycarpus Fortunei, a type of palm tree which had been cultivated in China and Japan for thousands of years. Its leaf sheath fiber is resistance to water because of natural oil contained and very supple making it suitable to make ropes, sacks and brushes.
Small Broom (Kōjin Brush)
Originally used around fireplaces, this small broom become handy all around the house whether dusting breadcrumbs or eraser shavings, or dusting corners or narrow places. It is durable and long lasting as long as used with care. You can wash it with water once it gets dirty and let it dry naturally in a shaded place. Do not use soap to wash it, though, as it will remove the natural oil in the fiber which helps to condition wooden surfaces.
Tawashi brush is something that almost every household of Japan has whether it is in kitchens or in bathrooms. Tawashi brush made of shuro fiber is much softer than that made of palm and has excellent durability when used in water. This one is particularly good for washing vegetables and delicate surfaces such as Teflon, enamel, glass and cast iron.
From Left: Kōjin Mini Bloom, Chagama Brush, Stick Brush, Tawashi Brush