About

Broustoù is a traveling project that creates small editions of polish shoe brushes handmade with French horsehair with a focus on local breeds and craftsmanship.
Broustoù means “brushes” in breton, a local language from Southwest Bretagne. The project was born of a collaboration between two sisters with the common desire of valorizing draft horses through a handcrafted product. Éléna is a Mérens horse breeder in the Pyrenees (a small black mountain horse), Anne is a designer with textile and graphic design background based in Copenhagen.
Broustoù is named after a simple, humble and utilitarian object, manufactured to last: a brush made out of a wooden head, steel wire and horsehair. This natural fiber is harvested by hand on living and healthy horses: only a handful of the tail is cut - this is to not deprive them of their best tool against flies, and this is why there is a limited number of brushes available. The earthy and tangled tail of a horse grazing in the pastures is transformed into a clean bundle ready to be stacked on a wooden head. Anne learned to work with horsehair from Christian Augoyard, former director of the Manufacture Française du horsehair, and to make brushes by hand from Danish brush makers.

Many thanks to

Stinus, Éléna, Catherine, Yann, Tristan, Aurélie et la famille Texier, la famille Poezevara, Christian, Andréa et Catherine Augoyard, Bernard Magueur, Vincent Seité, Julie Gobert et le Haras de Lamballe, le Haras du Bohu, Carole, la Société Française des Équidés de Travail, Kristin Espedal, Blindes Arbejde, Éléonore Grignon, Anaïs Barelli, Regain Magazine, les contributeurs Kengo, la Région Bretagne. 

Contributors

Portraits & production images — Anaïs Barelli
Campaign pictures — Claus Troedsgaard

Support

Broustoù is supported by La Région Bretagne.