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Domestic Science: Handmade Brushes from Takada Tawashi

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Domestic Science: Handmade Brushes from Takada Tawashi

November 4, 2019

Practical and pretty: tawashi brushes made from the fibers of the windmill palm have been used in Japan for centuries. For 70 years, Takada’s artisans have been handcrafting tawashi brushes one at a time, using materials harvested from trees cultivated in Wakayama Prefecture, in southwestern Japan. “While scrubbing brushes are usually rough and thick and made of synthetic fibers,” the company says, “tawashi brushes don’t scratch the surface being washed. Takada brushes reflect the expertise of Japanese craftsmen, who know how to turn a natural material into a high-quality, eco-friendly tool.”

Here’s a roundup of brushes available for online purchase:

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Above: A selection of Takada Tawashi offerings, via Wakayama in Japan. Acccording to  “Each of our Shuro Tawashi scrubbing brushes is individually made by experienced craftsmen from only the finest hemp palm fibers.
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Above: The Tawashi Twist Kitchen Sponge is $18 from the Webster.
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Above: Above R: The Tawashi Scrub Brush (R) is $18 from Housework.
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Above: The Windmill Palm Broom is $210 from Housework.

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