Japanese hand brooms - Gunma & Tsuga
£29.50 – £70.00
Hand brooms from Japan made of bound broom corn, a type of sorghum (also called rice straw) which was traditionally planted on the 5th June and harvested on the 20th August - that is after about seventy five days of growth which is believed to give the optimum length between ligule (the point at which the stem splits) and blade tips for the production of properly measured bound and woven corn brushes. The smaller more colourful broom is hand-bound in Gunma Prefecture by some of the few remaining practitioners of this near lost art, craftsmen in their 80s and 90s who yet maintain the methods and traditions of workshops founded before the Meiji period; whilst the others, the black bound and largest ‘Tokyo’ brooms are from Tsuga, Tochigi Prefecture, and bound by Mr and Mrs Araki who together have been making similar brooms for over sixty years. The Gunma brush measures approximately 45cm long by 15cm, the smallest Tsuga about 35cm by 13cm, the medium 60cm by 25cm, the largest Tsuga ‘Tokyo’ broom about 90cm by 35cm.