Kamenoko Tawashi Scrubber, Small


Designer Seizaemon Nishio
Material Hemp palm fibers
Country Japan
Manufacturer Kamenoko Tawashi Nishio Shouten, Co.
Born to a poor family, Seizaemon Nishio dreamed of becoming a successful businessman to help his mother. His first invention was a door mat made from palm fiber, inspired by his mother's knitting of the material. After one day seeing his wife clean the house using parts torn from one of his mats, he developed the prototype scrubber.

Knowing that the scrubber would be mainly used by women, he modeled the shape to conform to the palm of his wife's hand. The name refers to the turtle, in reference to its shape, its connection to water and its longevity.