Traditional Craft Products Certified by the Governor of Osaka Prefecture
Naniwa brushmaking dates back prior to the Nara era (8C), when such brushes are said to have been used to lacquer such items as Buddhist statues, Buddhist altar articles, and utensils for newly-constructed temples.
The hair of such animals as deer, raccoon dogs, horses and goats is made into brushes through a detailed process. This process involves pelt selection, blending, ash ironing, combing and binding.
This traditional technique, unique to Japan, adapts the characteristics of each type of animal hair for its intended use. These products have an established, time-honored reputation for their high quality.