Tawashi are traditional Japanese scrubbing brushes made from the fibers of the windmill palm. For centuries, these kinds of brushes have been used in Japan for cleaning pots and dishes.
With over seventy years of experience, TAKADA specialized artisans have honed their skills in handcrafting tawashi scrubs, one by one. They have learned to procure materials harvested from trees cultivated in the Wakayama Prefecture, which yield the softest bristles.
TAKADA brushes turn small everyday moments into something extraordinary.
Formerly, Wakayama was a major producer of windmill palm, a mainstay of the local economy. But production was dramatically curtailed by cheaper imported windmill palm. With fewer and fewer farmers to tend to them, windmill palm forests have dwindled dramatically nationwide.
Preserving this traditional industry for future generations is to protect Wakayama's existing windmill palm forests. To that end, TAKADA launched a project to nurture this important natural resource and has been cultivating high-quality windmill palm for many years.
From a purely business perspective, there's no denying it would be more efficient to manufacture the brushes by machine. But customers trust and rely on TAKADA products every day and they expect them to last for decades.
Carefully-selected, high-quality materials and traditional skills honed over time are the two essential ingredients. TAKADA brushes are made by people, for people. That's the commitment they have carried for seventy years, and the one they will pass on to the next generation, just as their ancestors passed it on to them.
Made to last ten to twenty years depending on the amount of use, this is one broom you'll never want to part with and will find only improves with age.
The soft natural fibers of the windmill palm ensure that the brushes have the perfect combination of pliancy and firmness for cleaning every teapot, without scratching.
Beautiful hand knitted brushes offering a solid grip thanks to the short handle.
Its slim shape allows a precise and controlled gesture, perfect for daily washing up and delicate pieces with corners or depths.
This shape created by 2 mini tawashi fits perfectly in hand. The fingers take naturally their place and find easily different positions to be effective in every situations.