Broustoù is a design project bringing local draft horse breeds and local craftsmanship together by using horsehair to create brushes. Broustoù aims to pay tribute to (often endangered) horse breeds and rural territories by connecting agriculture to design, and to participate in the safeguard of the horsehair crafts, brush making and rural intangible heritage.

About

Broustoù is a traveling project that creates small editions of polish shoe brushes handmade with 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: 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 Crin 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.



Contact

Anne Texier
Copenhagen, Denmark
info@broustou.com
+45 31865504