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China

Pig Bristle

Bristle

Bristle

Pig Bristle comes from China. For fine brushes bristle is taken from the neck of the pig, and for paint brushes it is taken from the animal’s flank. Pig Bristle is characterised by its stiffness and elasticity. The bristle comes from various areas of China such as Chungking, Hankow and Tsingtao, and is available generally in white, black and grey, but can be dyed any colour. The supply of bristle has become very difficult over the last few years. There are about 50 major dressing companies in China, but they have found that they can more easily supply their home market, which is booming. As the Chinese middle classes grow, so does their purchasing power. Another cause of the shortages is that the Chinese are now rearing pigs more for consumption, and the pigs with long bristle are not being bred so much.

The cost of bristle has risen inexorably in recent years, partly due to the shortage of supply, and partly due to the fact that the Chinese currency has increased in value, and the Chinese government has removed some export rebates.

Goat Hair

The hair is clipped from the breast of the goat, where soft and springy hair is found. The hair is then washed and combed. It is durable, resilient and very soft. It is almost exclusively used in high quality equestrian brushes for bringing the final gloss to horses’ coats and for computer keyboard cleaning brushes.

Horsehair

Horse hair and goat hair.

Horse hair and goat hair.

Horsehair from Paraguay and China is durable and resilient, and is ideal for use in brushes for cleaning smooth floors and windows, and in cobweb brushes. It is also used in high quality equestrian brushes. The best horsehair is from the tail.