Thursday, July 25, 2024

Beauty in Broken: Kintsugi

Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi is a traditional Japanese art form that uses gold or silver to beautify imperfections. Kintsugi is a Japanese metaphor for embracing faults and scars beautifully. In a way that displays the changes they’ve gone through while honoring them rather than hiding them away. It is a traditional technique which is on practice for more than 600 years in Japan to repair broken pottery. The word Kintsugi comes from two words: Kin means ‘Gold’ and Tsugi means ‘Join,’ and together. Kintsugi means the Golden Joinery.

History of Kintsugi

Kintsugi’s origin is unknown. However, it comes with a well-known narrative. During the Muromachi period, a King named Ashikaga Yoshimasa brought pottery from China. Still, when it broke, he sent it back to China to be renew. When it returned, he didn’t like how they restored it because they used staples to join it. The craftsmen of the kingdom then decided to repair it more elegantly. They used lacquer to adhere the pottery and then put gold on the cracks to make it lovely. When the king saw the pottery, he fell in love with it, and since then, this technique has been employed throughout Japan and the world.

Three Methods of Kintsugi

There are three main methods of Kintsugi:

The first is the Crack technique, which is one of the most common techniques in which you simply join two pieces of ceramic with thin lines using gold adhesive.

The second is the Makienaoshi method, which is useful when some pieces of your ceramic are missing. You can replace them with fragments made from gold adhesive.

The third is the Joint technique in which you can use two different pieces of ceramic to make a new one.

Traditionally, people use lacquer from the Urushi Tree for Kintsugi, which used to take three months to dry before you could use gold dust on it. Nowadays, people use epoxy adhesives because they work the same as lacquer.

Kintsugi is a craftsmanship frame that shows that blemishes can be excellent. Iit speaks to the characteristic of the ‘Wabi-Sabi’ logic. It is a thought that states things don’t need to be wonderful; defective things can too be as wonderful, a bit like Kintsugi. Although Kintsugi’s ideas are often associated with earthenware, Kintsugi’s ideas were not selected for that field. Kintsugi is a compelling insignia of human advance and mending in today’s fast-paced environment. It educates us to grasp and esteem our disappointments, seeing them as commitments that add character and abundance to our lives instead of abandons to conceal. 

In Conclusion

The timeless lesson of Kintsugi is that greatness can be found in the most unlikely of places, and that instead of lamenting our shortcomings, we should embrace them. Let us follow the ancient Kintsugi ritual, which urge us to heal our wounds with beauty and strength so that we may emerge more grounded in reality and stronger as a living being

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