Kintsugi

Kintsugi

The art of precious scars.

With the Japanese art of kintsugi, a broken object is repaired with precious metal like gold, liquid silver, platinum, or lacquer dusted with powdered gold – to bind the broken pieces, enhance its value, and preserve its imperfect history. Each use of kintsugi is unique because of the random nature of fractures. The practice is related to the philosophy of Wabi-Sabi (the acceptance and appreciation of imperfection).

Kintsugi (金継ぎ), or kintsukuroi (金繕い); golden (“kin”) and repair (“tsugi”).

Symbolism, Meaning, and Dream Interpretation

Kintsugi shows us that imperfection can be artful and beautiful. Thus we can better appreciate the weakness, misfortune, and human drama that unfold in our lives. It is worth noting however, that kintsugi implies an amount of work, artistry, and improvement. This would indicate that we must apply ourselves to our misfortunes in an effort to gain something of value from them.

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