Kintsugi(金継ぎ)

The Japanese word Kintsugi(金継ぎ) and the same interpret as”Golden joinery or Golden Repair is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the breakage space with the powdered gold, silver.

The origin of Kintsugi(金継ぎ), it believes,it dates back to the late 15th Century. According to the famous belief that this craft commenced when Japan Shogan Ashikawa Yoshimasa sent a cracked Chawan(TEA BOWL) to China for the repairs but when it returns Yoshimaasa was not happy as it has been mended with metal staples. This leads to the Contemporary craft of mending and motivated to make the alternative aesthetically classical methods of repairs and then Kintsugi was born.

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By the 17th Century, Kintsugi has become common practice in Japan. It is not only an art but a Japanese way of preserving things aesthetically. This is seen in all the activities which represent their philosophical ideas and their philosophy of Wabi-Sabi which is the way of seeing beauty inflamed or imperfect.

There are Three Style of Kintsugi.

  • Crack: This is the most common Kintsugi technique in which minimal lacquer is mended with the powder gold, Silver, and platinum epoxy is used to fix the broken parts.
  • Piece method: In this Technique features the replacement of fragments made entirely with epoxy.
  • Joint Call: In this Technique, similar shapes pieces from other broken wares are combining aesthetically and making unique unified products.
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