Kintsugi: Broken but Better

The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

Ernest Hemingway

Kintsugi is a Japanese art of repairing broken pottery. By using lacquer dusted with silver, gold or platinum the broken or cracked pieces are rejoined forming a new set of lines that can add to the beauty of the original object. The idea behind Kintsugi is much a part of Japanese philosophy, the idea that imperfect, broken should not be something we think is negative, but something that can add to the beauty of an object. The cracks and breaks are highlighted and instead of being a flaw they become focal points.


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In Western culture trauma and damage are things that we try to hide, they are objects of shame and suffering. In many cases we end up not only hiding the cracks from the world, but from ourselves. Constant weak points that can rupture and shatter at any given moment in time. Instead we should embrace our mistakes and failures, gilded in gold we should make those weak points stronger. Imperfections are what should give us strength in life.


Originally posted 2017-02-13 21:59:22.

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