Two pots, one old and one young, were placed on top of a shelf of a pottery store.
“What are you doing?” Little pot asked.
“I am waiting to be broken, for my master to turn me to pieces.” Old pot answered.
The young pot looked flabbergasted. “Why? Arent you scared?”
Old pot shook his head.
The little pot could not understand. “Why would you want to get ugly scars?”
“People dont like to buy the perfect, clean pure bowls; they’re boring. They look for the ones that have improved flaws, each imperfect crack a reminder for its sign of beauty, fragility and hope of restoration.”
Just then, the pottery master came in the room, opened the shelf and after looking at the lined up vases for a while, decided to take Old Pot.
After being mended with gold around the broken lines, old pot was displayed on the front window of the store, and was soon taken to another home by a merchant.
Most people would like damages to their broken items to be concealed and hidden by repair making the object look like new.
But the 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.
You can let your scars be scars, or turn them into Art, crafting a story of bravery unique to itself.
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