Japan Marche Staff Blog: Kumano Kesho Fude, Cheek Brush
Title: Created by specialist of traditional craft
“strong resilient, but still tender to your skin”
Kumano is a not really wide area in Hiroshima prefecture, one of the districts along the Setonaikai Inland Sea. The climate is warm and humid. The population is about 23,000. It sounds not really big town. But actually, when talking about brushes, this town is world-famous.
Kumano brush is one of a METI-registered traditional craft, and it is said that about 22 qualified artisans are now producing very high quality brushes. Originally the brushes were used for calligraphy, which were key culture of Japan, and the craft was said to be developed in Edo period. After the war time in Showa ended, people started to produce brushes for paintings and make-ups.
Kumano brushes are usually made by human hands. Cutting the hair in same length, then carefully chose hairs with same strength and resilience. Only learning the technique for choosing good, equal hair requires many years.
The material used for this particular product is goat hair, which offers the second highest quality for make-up brush. The specialty of this strong resilient, but still tender to your skin can catch powder well and dye your cheek in natural, but bright color.
When making-up with this cheek brush, you will definitely feel the support of artisans who learned from the hundreds of tradition.