Kintsugi is a traditional Japanese craft that involves the repair of broken ceramics; however, the technique has direct connotations to the societal culture of the country. The art of Kintsugi is a rather simple principle when broken down. A broken ceramic, whether it is a tea bowl or plate, is reassembled; the cracks are filled with a lacquer, making the lines where the ceramic broke visible. This differs from the western idea of “fixing” an object, because the adhesive that unites the ceramic is evident. Traditionally, the lacquer is gold, but other variations include copper, silver, bronze, and synthetic colors such as orange and blue.
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