Shoe brush in beech wood and horse hair.
- Beech / Horse Hair / Dark Bristles
- 50 g
- LxWxH: 14 x 5 x 4 cm
- Made in Sweden
Made by Iris Hantverk, who hire and support visually impaired craftspeople to create many of their beautiful and functional products.
In the late 1800s a small brush manufacturing started out in Stockholm. It was a successful movement, so successful that it remains today. Now, as then, every brush is made by hand by visually impaired craftsmen. It brings new dimensions to the concept of sensitively made by hand.
Today we are 17 employees at Iris Hantverk. The core of the business is the brush binding manufacturing at Sandsborgsvägen, Enskede – here 6 visually impaired craftsmen from different cultures make brushes according to an old Swedish tradition. We also work with visually impaired craftsmen in Estonia. Like us, they too have a history strongly connected to the visual impairments movement.
Since August 2012, Richard Sparrenhök and Sara Edhäll run the company. In 2012 Social Departement withdrew the aid disbursed for depot activities for visually impaired craftsmen. That had been the main revenue for that function since the 1950s. Iris Hantverk’s owner at that time then decided to sell the company to us - both having worked for many years in the company and its management. We are both very glad to take over and operate on this company that holds so much history and tradition. In particular, we appreciate the support visually impaired craftsmen have from De Blindas Väl whose generous contributions have made this website and webshop. We care very much for the craftsmen and the survival of the brush binding manufacturer. We believe that many like us appreciate the feeling and quality of a hand-drawn brush made of natural materials.