When the Japanese mend broken objects, they fill them in with gold. They believe when something's suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful. It's time we rethink our philosophy on aging.
#Kintsukuroi (n.) (v. phr.) – “to repair with #gold”; the art of repairing #pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.—Japanese | Appendix: Islam forbids the use of any pots, plates, or utensils made of gold or silver when eating. But such an art is acceptable as a form of art for display and such.
Japanese art of Kintsugi follows a different philosophy. Rather than disguising the breakage, kintsugi restores the broken item incorporating the damage into the aesthetic of the restored item, making it part of the object’s history. Kintsugi uses lacquer resin mixed with powdered gold, silver, platinum, copper or bronze, resulting into something more beautiful than the original.
Kintsugi or Kinsukuroi: Broken Things A friend shared with me today the lovely art/idea of Kintsugi (Kinsukuroi). Kintsugi is the traditional Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with a strong adhesive and then sprinkling the adhesive with gold dust. The result is that the broken pottery is now mended and in fact even stronger than the original. Instead of trying to hide the flaws and cracks, they are accentuated and celebrated because they now have become the strongest part of…