Kintsugi: The Japanese Art of Precious Scars

Kintsugi: The Japanese Art of Precious Scars

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of precious scars. The word "kintsugi" literally means "golden" (from "kin") and "repair" (from "tsugi"). 


This traditional Japanese art uses a precious metal – liquid gold, liquid silver or lacquer dusted with powdered gold – to bring together the pieces of a broken pottery item and at the same time enhance the breaks. The technique consists in joining fragments and giving them a new, more refined aspect. Every repaired piece is unique, because of the randomness with which ceramic shatters and the irregular patterns formed that are enhanced with the use of metals.


The "kintsugi" technique may have been invented around the fifteenth century. It suggests many things. We shouldn’t throw away broken objects. When an object breaks, it doesn’t mean that it is no longer useful. Its breakages can become valuable. We should try to repair things because sometimes in doing so we obtain more valuable objects. This is the essence of resilience. Each of us should look for a way to cope with traumatic events in a positive way, learn from negative experiences, take the best from them and convince ourselves that exactly these experiences make each person unique and precious.


Take the time to watch this short but beautiful video about the japanese art of "kintsugi" entitled BE PROUD OF YOUR SCARS. Here:

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