Koyudo is preparing a very unique set of brushes, it’s not ready for sale yet, should be near the summer, but I am happy to show you what it’s going to look like so that you can be prepared if you are interested.
If you don’t know them yet, Koyudo is a brush manufacturer based in Kumano (Japan), their manufacture looks like this and the easiest way to purchase their brushes is via CDJapan. Placing orders with CDJapan has become a monthly must-do in my planning. At this moment I am placing a bi-monthly order. I work a lot -not afraid to say it- so a brush reward does cheer me up a bit (a lot).
Also, if you are new to Koyudo brushes and to ordering them, keep in mind the wait will be long unless they have them in stock. If you read the CDJapan page I linked before, they say “They nervously make and test every single brush without distraction. ” This is no joke. When I was at that exact place where they took these pics, I could feel their concentration and noticed a surgical precision in every hair placement, it was really intense. Their funny shapes, colors and designs hadn’t prepared me for such a dedicated, professional and assiduous place of work.
These new Koyudo brushes are more targeted for the brush lover/collector and for private use because they are delicate, extremely soft and should not endure regular washing or harsh sanitizing.
The set is made of 3 face brushes, 3 eye shadow brushes, 1 brow brush, 1 lip brush, a brush roll and comes in a paulownia wooden box. I copied this from Wikipedia for your info, it’s regarding this wood :
It is popular in its native China for roadside planting and as an ornamental tree. Paulownia needs a lot of light and does not like high water tables. Paulownia grown on plantations generally has widely spaced growth rings, meaning it’s soft and of little value, wood with close growth rings is harder and of higher value, it is important in China, Korea, and Japan for making the soundboards of stringed musical instruments such as the guqin, guzheng,pipa, koto, and kayagum.
The material used for the most part of the brushes is red squirrel hair, hence the name. This material is similar in maintenance to the grey squirrel hair but softer, finer.