I’ve seen the creation of all sorts of beautiful everyday necessities: bottles, pottery, metalcraft, and more. Today I witnessed a tool that makes those everyday necessities glisten. This handcraft is a true “unsung hero”.
“The tawashi [scrub brush] is sort of ‘behind the scenes’ supporting player. The beauty of it is considerable, but more than that, it has to be of a shape and size to clean pots and dishes fully and comfortably,” says Mr. Takada, second-generation head of Takada Kōzō Shōten, specialty maker of palm fiber scrub brushes. In the shop adjacent to the studio you see some 50 varieties of scrub brushes, from those for kitchen use to some more decorative, for use on the body. Holding them, you note their suppleness. They feel good, cradled in the hand. Actually, the fine fibers taken from the natural palm are hollow shafts. When saturated they become soft, so they can even be used with fine glassware and porcelain.