Overview of producing areas Shuro broom
Scenes of work
Before 1945, Shuro trees covered the mountainous area and were managed by lumber dealers. Today, very few local suppliers are able to process the Shuro tree and most of the raw material is imported from China.
Making a ball (bundle of Shuro)
A husk broom made with the whole husk of the Shuro. First, the bark is rolled to create a Shuro bundle called a ball. The stiffness is changed according to the type of broom and the position of the balls, which are then fixed with copper wire or thread.
Attaching the handle and piercing the balls
The handle is attached to the main ball; the main ball and then the other balls are pierced with bamboo skewers. The number of balls can be 5, 7, 9, or 11, depending on the type of broom and its use. 11-ball brooms are luxury items.
Trimming the bristle tips
A Shuro bristle cutter is used to trim the bristle tips, and, depending on the type, to give the tips an angle.