Kintsugi – Embracing Imperfection and Finding Beauty in the Broken

Kintsugi is a centuries-old Japanese art form that involves repairing broken pottery with gold. The practice is a metaphor for embracing imperfection and finding beauty in the broken. Kintsugi philosophy teaches us to accept transience, imperfection, and the beauty found in simplicity. In this blog post, we will explore the philosophy of kintsugi and how it can help us navigate failure and disappointment.


History of Kintsugi

Kintsugi has a rich history that dates back to the late 16th and early 17th centuries in Japan. The third ruling Shogun of that era, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, is said to have broken his favorite tea bowl. The bowl was unique and could not be replaced. Rather than discarding the pieces, the fragments were put back together with a glue-like tree sap and the cracks were adorned with gold. This practice has come to represent the idea that beauty can be found in imperfection. The breakage is an opportunity, and applying this kind of thinking to instances of failure in our own lives can be helpful.


Philosophy of Kintsugi

Kintsugi philosophy teaches us to embrace imperfection and find beauty in the broken. It is a metaphor for life and how we can navigate failure and disappointment. Kintsugi philosophy is centered on the acceptance of transience, imperfection, and the beauty found in simplicity. The practice of kintsugi is an extension of the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which sees beauty in the incomplete and value in simplicity. The broken pieces are carefully glued together with the sap of an indigenous Japanese tree, left to dry for a few weeks, and then adorned with gold running along its cracks. The gilded restoration usually takes up to three months. In an age of mass production and quick disposal, learning to accept and celebrate scars and flaws is a powerful lesson in humanity and sustainability.

Kintsugi-Inspird Earrings

Our collection of Kintsugi-inspired earrings are a beautiful way to celebrate the beauty of imperfection. These earrings are made by sea glasses and ceramics that were found in Ocean in Shizuoka, Japan. Kintsugi-inspired earrings are a great way to remind ourselves that our flaws and imperfections are what make us unique and beautiful.

KUMO BAG – Our latest addition

– Introducing Our New Addition –

Kumo Bag by Cucuri

The name “Kumo” means Spider, coming from the appearance of this particular shape, out of hundreds of other Shibori patterns. The Kumo Bag is made string by string with this traditional method by individual Shokunins whose creation are meticulously dedicated to specific design. The group of shokunins show their pride to take many steps to complete one production, and the result is truly a masterpiece of craftsmanship.

  • Made with 100% polyester which gives it excellent stretchability.
  • The bag has various expressions that change its shape depending on the size of the contents put inside.
  • The bag is washable (by cold water only), does not fade. I
  • The size of the bag is H5.1 inches x W3.9 inches stretches up to H15.7 inches x W13.8 inches.
  • Recommended to hold up no more than 2.6 pounds.
  • Available in Black, Red and Gray.
  • Ideal for carrying small to medium sized items.
  • Utilize it as a secondary bag for shopping.
  • Perfect for a unique and charming gift.

Shibori is a traditional Japanese tie-dying art that dates back over 500 years to the beginning of the Edo period. The word Shibori comes from the verb root shiboru, meaning “to wring, squeeze, press.” The Shibori technique is given a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, plaiting, or plucking and twisting the cloth surface into three-dimensional shapes before compressing them to dye.

Arimatsu, located in Nagoya in Tokaido region between Tokyo and Osaka, is one of the most famous locations for Shibori in Japan. This “Shibori town” was founded by the craftman, Shokuro Takeda in 1608 when Ieyasu Tokugawa opened the shogunate government in the Edo period. When Arimatsu was founded, the feudal lords of Japan were required to travel to Tokyo (then known as Edo) each year through the Tokaido to swear their allegiance to the Shogun. Along the route, many travelers bought souvenirs such as shibori towels and shibori yukatas (summer kimono). Since then, this place became known for their specialty products in Japan

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