Japanese Culture: the art of "kintsugi"
I came across this post today about the Japanese practice of kintsugi, repairing broken pottery gold or silver epoxy to create something new and beautiful. I thought you all might enjoy it, too.
For those too lazy to click on the link (really you should read it anyways), here's a summary:
When pieces of pottery break, such as a broken bowl or a broken pot, the Japanese would use a technique called kintsugi, which means "golden joinery". They do this because they don't believe that fractures make us worse, rather, they are an opportunity to become even more beautiful. The cracks are filled with a special golden lacquer to glue the pieces together, turning the once broken pot into a more beautiful pot imbued with new life.
Also, thanks for the read, Heather! Art is amazing, and I love the cultural difference. Broken things need not be perceived as ugly, no?
Thanks for sharing!
More than wabi-sabi (which may involve deliberate imperfection) it reminded me the concept of shibumi.