Kintsugi: The Japanese art of fixing broken pottery

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The centuries-old Japanese art form known as “kintsugi” is a restoration technique used to repair cracked or chipped pottery and lacquerware. Instead of trying to hide the evidence of old damage, broken pieces are reattached and the seams highlighted with gold, silver, or vermillion-colored lacquer. The damage is viewed as part of the history of the object, instead of something to be disguised. In Japanese, the phrase “mottainai” is used to express the nuanced feelings of regret that come with wastefulness. In the spirit of mottainai, the kintsugi repair technique allows old, broken pottery or lacquerware to be revived, reducing waste and breathing new life into a piece. Using this technique, the aesthetic and artistic value increases over time, instead of diminishing. Kintsugi-repaired pieces have historically been popular with tea masters, who appreciate their wabi-sabi imperfect beauty. Japan arts brought to you by Consulate General Japan Miami

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