Japan leads the world when it comes to brushes, especially in the makeup industry. And Kumano, a small town in Hiroshima prefecture, is the epicentre of the craft. In fact, Kumanofude (brushes made in Kumano) are used by internationally renowned makeup companies, who seek only the best brushes to complement their world renown brands.
Made from natural hairs of goat, squirrel and horse, these hand-made brushes keep the natural tips in tact, which produces a more delicate contact with the face, ensuring an even application of powder and pigment. Since there are slight gaps naturally in between the animal fibers and the tip, Kumano brushes hold powder and color pigment better for a more even application. Meanwhile, machine-cut bristles are harsh and can be prickly, unlike natural hairs used in Kumano brushes which taper to a fine tip.
Kumano’s reputation for excellent makeup brushes has precedence in its history of producing calligraphy brushes since the end of Japan's Edo period (1603-1868). When Japanese calligraphy was introduced as a school subject later on, the brush industry flourished, making an indelible mark in the fabric of Kumano’s community. In fact, traditional events surrounding the brush began in the Showa era (1926-1989), almost a century ago. Fudematsuri (Brush Festival), held on the Autumn Equinox in September, puts the brush on a pedestal, specifically all 10,000 of them, hanging along the path leading to the10th century Sakakiyama Shrine.
As the demand for calligraphy brushes decreased over the years, Kumano started producing more makeup brushes instead. Guided by their longstanding reputation and superb craftsmanship, Kumano is now synonymous with high-end makeup brushes, producing the tools some of the world’s best makeup artists swear by.
Elevate your makeup game with Kumanofude today. You’ll see the difference right away. The good news is that Hiroshima Artist Brush Manufacturing, established in 1869 in the heart of Kumano, can deliver to your doorstep!
Face Wash Brush
Discover the luxurious, comforting face wash brush made of soft goat hair. Start and end your day with the Face Wash Brush that expertly cleans your pores, leaving your skin feeling clean, fresh and revived.
Kumano Makeup Brush Set
Selected as one of "The Wonder 500" hidden gems that represent Japan, this is a perfect set to reward yourself with or gift a girlfriend who deserves it. Handy and pretty, it's the perfect set of tools to create that Instagram-ready look. The charming kimono case keeps the face brush and lip brush ready for touch-up on the go or in the office.
Portable High Quality Brush Set
The powder and cheek brushes are made from blue squirrel hair while the lip brush is made from high-quality weasel hair. Each brush is collapsible and compact, perfect for storing in the office or even in a handbag. The maki-e (lacquer work) brush handles provide that touch of whimsy and elegance in your makeup repertoire.