Fude (brush) making in Kumano, Hiroshima has continued for 190 years, and the town of Kumano is the largest brush manufacturing area in Japan at present. There are calligraphy brushes, painting brushes, makeup brushes, and others.
Out of appreciation for the hard work of the past generations who began the Kumano brush-making tradition, and in the hope of the future prosperity for the brush-making business, we have been holding the “Fudematsuri” (Brush Festival) on the autumnal equinox every year.
This is an annual festival in which we appreciate all people who use brushes and nature for providing the material for brushes, and about 50,000 people participate every year.
It features the “Fudekuyou" (brush memorial service), a Shinto ritual that shows gratitude to brushes that have become worn out and completed their roles, as well as to the animals who provided hair for them, and we throw these brushes in a holy fire for this memorial service.
Although we sadly had to cancel our in-person “Fudematsuri” this year, we nonetheless set up an Executive Committee for Kumano Virtual Fudematsuri 2020, at the behest especially of the young members of the Kumanofude Cooperative, and in collaboration with members of the Kumano Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the town hall.
We decided to hold a “Virtual Fudematsuri 2020” online from September 22 (Tue) to September 27 (Sun), 2020.
Kumanofude has achieved global renown: in Japan and overseas, Kumanofude has become the favored tool of calligraphers, artists, master animation artists, and make-up artists for Hollywood performers or models in top-class fashion magazines.
Kumanofude makeup brushes ensure that your makeup is applied widely, evenly, and thinly.
Kumanofude painting brushes let you draw delicate, elegant lines that can express a wide variety of nuances.
There are a lot of Kumanofude lovers around the world: not only professionals, but also beginners in calligraphy, painting, animation, and makeup.
Our brushes are made in Kumano individually, by hand, by skilled artisans using carefully selected materials. Only highly trained workers can make these brushes.
Kumanofude, for calligraphy as well as suibokuga, are Officially Designated Traditional Craft Products as determined by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the materials and manufacturing process are established in law by the Densan Act. We can be proud of these brushes all over the world.
The Kumanofude Cooperative (Fudekumiai) has selected about 250 different types of brushes and more than 5,000 brushes in total.
You can buy these brushes (calligraphy brushes, painting brushes, and makeup brushes) on sale at up to 40% off, only for this period!
We have several events that you can enjoy online.You can enjoy writing calligraphy and drawing pictures using brushes.