EDOYA Japanese Brush Workshop from Olden Times
One of the few shops in Japan specialising in Japanese and Western brushes. Established in 1718, they originated as exclusive brush makers for the Shogun family and made brushes for applying ink when making woodblock prints, painting hanging scrolls, and so on. The skills that have continued to develop for ages and demanded by professional craftsmen are still alive and well.
To this day, only natural materials with wood and animal hair brittles are used along with the traditional craftsmanship where the bristles are placed in each hole by hand so that the tips of the brushes do not lose shape. Among their more popular items are their clothes brushes, which are known to maintain usability for a long time.
Inheriting from the traditional craftsmanship from long ago, each craftsman was well trained to perfectly place bristles through the holes by hand, so that the tips of the brushes do not lose their shape.
Up to date, Edoya is making and working with a wide range of brush types, from various body brushes, to shoes and clothes brushes. Among the most popular types, their clothes brushes were often highlighted by the users. These brushes began to be developed as the need arose when we went from wearing kimono’s to wearing western clothes and shoes. We didn't have the culture of wearing them or cleaning them so these brushes were developed. They are known to maintain sustainability for a lifetime. The Edoya clothes brushes made with delicate, firm, and high-quality pig bristles take a good care of fabric, by removing lint and dust while effectively keeping static away.
They now have technical brushes for computers and tech goods as well.
If you ever visit Tokyo, their store is a destination to visit. The craftsmen all continue to work at the back of the store.