Each country and culture have different values, appreciations and sense of beauty which makes them unique in its very own way. We too, have our very unique value; “WABI SABI”. It is the aesthetic view or way of thought unique to Japan from the very ancient times, which value the flawed or the imperfect.
One beautiful example of the “WABI SABI” value can be found in the technique of “KIN TSUGI” (gold joinery), which is an centuries-old Japanese art of mending broken pottery pieces using lacquer and gold, sometimes silver or platinum.
When we think of repairing something, we most naturally try to fix it to recreate its original look so that the damage does not show. But what’s unique about the KIN TSUGI, is the special value behind its technique. The KIN TSUGI technique highlights the artifact’s damage as part of its beautiful history, giving it a brand new look and a second life.
So here’s a piece I had; a piece that was given from my mother and was one of her works when she used to make potteries. This plate was broken into two when we moved to our house and had been in two until one day, when my good old Brazilian friend Malu volunteered to KIN TSUGI it for me. After a little while, the plate came back to me as a whole and with a brand new beautiful look!!!! It has been one of my most favorite pieces ever since, coming through the hands of my two favorite people; my mother and Malu💛
The thing is though, I do have another small dish that needs to be repaired but now with Malu gone, what do I do!?