Founded in 1656, Originator of artisan making lacquer-brush(Urushi-bake), Seikichi Izumi the 10th
I was trained by my father(Seikichi Izumi the 9th) as a lacquer-brush artisan from an early age. I am the only person in the world who has inherited the family's secret technique, which has been around for more than 360 years since the Seikichi Izumi the 1st. This secret technique has been transmitted from parent to son from generation to generation.
Currently, I am working with my father on making lacquer-brushes. While training as a lacquer-brush artisan, I am working to strengthen the sustainability of traditional Japanese culture.
A lacquer-brush(Urushi-bake) is a special brush made for the purpose of applying lacquer beautifully. The lacquer-brush plays an important role in the lacquer craft and the restoration of cultural assets. Seikichi Izumi the 1st invented the current lacquer-brushes such as this one.
Lacquer-brushes are used to apply lacquer to lacquer ware such as Wajima-nuri, swords and armor. In addition, lacquer-brushes are also used in the restoration of ancient Japanese treasures, temples and shrines, national treasures, and important cultural properties, as lacquer is used in many of them. The lacquer-brushes are made of human hair as a distinctive material. The materials, human hair and wood, require a long drying period, so we can't use new ones right away. The traditional lacquer-brushes (Izumi-Seikichi-bake) are made from the most beautiful of Kiso cypress trees (Kiso Hinoki) over 100 years old, the supreme Japanese human hair that has been dried for a very long time.