Taken in its raw, literal form, Kintsugi is the Japanese craftsmanship of gold joinery, or simply, golden repair, and this elegant philosophy stands as a silent, almost humble rejection of Western beliefs of flawless, exterior beauty.
For the Japanese, pottery that’s chipped by the edges, rendered jagged by structural damage or shattered by the hands of human carelessness is not discarded. Instead, it is meticulously repaired with powered gold, silver or platinum.
The result is an icon that retains some of its former glory but also shoulders both the history of its scarring and the intricate delicateness of its repair.
It is both new and old.
Complete, yet incomplete.
Damaged but now made new.
Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of an object’s history – it is more poignant and symbolic for having been broken. Every crack is a part of its identity.
Not only is no attempt made to disguise the damage, the intent of the repair is to illuminate and evoke its storied history. It is an embrace of the imperfect, a swan song to its old identity, now both present and absent.
And as we have modernised, we have also forgotten this profound truth: we are made who we are because of the defects and damage we have sustained in our lives.
Beauty can be found in the imperfect, and we are imperfect.
Each scar is a triumph, every sigh of weariness a brief flash of resilience, and for every wrecking pain we endure in our hearts, it is but a moment of growth.
And we are more complete for having acknowledged the visible cracks that surface in our lives. And we should bear these scars proudly.
As we heal from our scars, we come closer to finding the essential people in our lives – those who can mend us with their words, infuse new meaning where none existed, and bestow upon us a love that transcends our damaged, fragile, fragile selves.
Incompleteness lends itself to form.
Perfection borrows from imperfection.
So have you thought about (HYTA) Kintsugi?