Tawashi is a traditional Japanese brush made by tying up the fibers of hemp palm with wires. It works perfect for washing tools made of iron and wood, which needs to be cleaned without kitchen detergents. We recommend using Tawashi made by hemp palm for its softness, durability, and heat resistance.
There are various shaped Tawashi made for different purposes.
【Takada kozo shoten】
Takada kozo shoten has been making Tawashi in Wakayama since 1948. Each of their Tawashi is neatly made by hand. They are holding a Japanese palm tree reforestation project in Wakayama.
【Features of hemp palm】
Nowadays most of Tawashi brush is made of hard palm. Takada kozo shoten use “hemp palm”, which is a traditional material used for Tawashi. The advantage of hemp palm is its softness, durability, and heat resistance. The soft hemp palm fibers can wash without damaging the ingredients and tools. After usage, you can disinfect the Tawashi by hot water or in dishwashers.
The basic oval shape can be used for various usages.
【Tawashi brush Musubi】
Musubi Tawashi is a new shaped Tawashi made by combining 2 brushes. Since the wires are entirely hided, there is no need to worry about scratches from the wire while washing. It is perfect for washing KAMA-ASA’s cast iron rice cooking pot and wooden items such as Ohitsu (rice containers).
【Tawashi brush Nejiri】
The twisted shaped brush can thoroughly fit to wide surface and is suitable for washing large tools such as woks.
【Tawashi brush for cups】
A brush with wooden handle is convenient for washing cups and hot tools.
【Tawashi brush for frying pans】
Some hemp palms have hard fibers called “Onige”. This Tawashi is made by collecting “Onige” to make a brush especially to wash frying pans. The hard fibers can thoroughly wash the burnt part on iron frying pans and non-stick frying pans.
After washing the pans, please wash the brush with kitchen detergent.