For those of you out there who saw the recent movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, you may remember that Kylo Ren repaired his broken helmet in an interesting way, leaving all of the cracks visible as deep, red lines! What you might not know is that this style of repair has its roots not in a galaxy far, far away, but in the very nearby country of Japan! Kintsugi (金継ぎ) is a Japanese art of ceramic repair that reflects many national philosophies when it comes to broken and unbroken, or used and new. It emphasizes the flaws in the ceramics instead of hiding them, a method that is very different from how these repairs are handled in other countries.
Popular Throughout the Ages
The art of Kintsugi is believed to have started in the 15th century as a last minute way of fixing a tea bowl for Japanese shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. It since grew into something desired for everyone in Japan. It is said that by the 17th century, Kintsugi was so popular that there was a samurai who deliberately broke pottery that he bought in order to repair them with Kintsugi and sell them at a better value! In the pictures below, you can see a variety of products that show the wide modern influence of Kintsugi.
Finding Your Own Kintsugi
You luckily won’t need to break any pottery like that samurai if you’re interested in finding some Kintsugi ceramics for yourself! Check the link below to search through Japanese Kintsugi products on online stores that you can order from overseas.