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Item Hake, Traditional Handmade Dye Craftsman's Bristle Brush
Dye Brush (Senshoku Hake)
Stiff, Plant Fiber Bristles
Kakishibu Saturated
This brush was probably used to apply kakishibu dye.
Kakishibu is a traditional persimmon dye, originating sometime between the 8th and 12th centuries in Japan. It is used to color all kinds of materials, including wood, cloth and paper. Made from astringent, unripe persimmons, in additionally it acts as a waterproofing agent that deters insects and the growth of molds.
Marker's Trade Mark On Handle
Mid to Late 1900s
Tip of handle to tip of bristles - 9 inches, 22 cm
Widest point width - 6 inches, 16 cm
11 oz, 320 grams
Very Good Condition

Comment As in most things Japanese.... Japanese brushes are not just simple brushes and what seems like a simple item, is instead, rather complex.

Recorded Japanese brush fabrication dates back to the 8th century when documents speak of artist's paint brushes which had bird feathers, and were used to apply decorative lacquer to wood. The book "A Guide to Contemporary Products" was published In 1732 that categorized a variety of different brushes types, each with their own special use under the name of "Edo Hake" or Edo Brushes.

There are seven brush classifications in "Edo Hake" (Edo Brushes). These are wall paper hanger brushes (Kyoji Hake), dye brushes (Senshoku Hake), doll brushes (Ningyo Hake), woodblock printing brushes (Mokuhan Hake), paint brushes (Toso Hake) and cosmetic brushes (Oshiroi Hake).

Bristles can be made of: Karukaya, Palm, Cedar, Tampico, fern, horse hair, pig hair or goat hair.
Base wood: Katsura, Magnolia, Cherry, Japanese Beech or Bambo

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