Features hand-planted scarce, fine-quality, natural hair with both firmness and resilience, and a handle made from strong wood that uses joinery techniques. Unlike existing brushes, leather has been applied to the back to give it excellent grip and increase its comfort in the hand. Along with excellent design, this multi-purpose brush for use on clothes, shoes or tabletops is practical, durable and beautiful.
It is decorated with an original design based on the auspicious shippo pattern of overlapping circles. The brush is perfect for placing on a shoe cabinet or other furniture where it can be easily used on a daily basis, and where it can also be enjoyed for its appearance.
Excellent brushing efficiency and durability is achieved through the selection of natural hair that suits the brush, and due to the hair-planting technique. The hand-planting technique achieves greater durability than machine methods because it uses a line of stainless steel (called a hiki-sen) to implant the hair consecutively into all the holes.
In conventional products, wood is used to make the cover, but in this product, leather is used. Different types and thicknesses of leather were trialled to create a product with an even greater sense of luxury than other hand-planted brushes.

Materials: Natural wood (walnut), natural hair (downy hairs from a horse's tail), leather (deer)
(1) Katsushika Hokusai
(2) Inden lacquer-painted deer leather (shippo pattern), black
(3) Inden lacquer-painted deer leather (shippo pattern), purple
Size : W30 x D100 x H265㎜
Weight: 105g
Uno Brush
The comfort of hand-planted brushes for clothing and body

Brushes (Hake) are used mainly for painting, and brushes are also a tool for brushing. Both have a lot of hair attached to the tip of the handle, but while brushes have been used in Japan for a very long time, the brush was said to have started in the Meiji period based on a model made in France. As people’s lives become more westernized, the demand for clothing and shoe brushes is also increasing. While brushes are increasingly mass produced, there are still highly durable hand-planted brushes made by craftsmen in Tokyo, continuing the traditional craft of the “Tokyo hand-planted brush.” Founded in 1917, Uno Brush is a business that still uses the brush-making techniques from its founding to produce hand-planted brushes.

The third-generation mother and child craftsman team of Chieko and Michiyo Uno continue to preserve these traditional techniques. Brush-making begins with consideration of the quality of the natural bristles. The oil content, stiffness and softness differ depending on the animal, and different hairs are used for different purposes with soft goat hair perfect for face brushes, soft but firm horse hair for clothes brushes, and boar hair used for hair brushes, with its firmness effective for massaging the scalp. The hand planting process involves first, drilling a hole into the wooden base, then inserting stainless steel wire into the holes, folding them in half, and then pulling the hair through to plant it into the hole. This is a particularly labor-intensive practice which requires strength to pull the hard boar hair. One of the reasons these body brushes have been loved for so long is the attention to detail, with all of the corners of the wooden parts removed to make them smooth.

In recent years, a wide range of products have been actively developed with playfulness as interior design items, such as collaborations with designers to produce brushes with animal motifs and Edo Kumiko handles, etc. In the future, more colors and patterns are planned to be added to meet overseas demand. The mission of this Uno mother and child team is to constantly evolve while preserving the principle of working by hand.

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