Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi?
See, here’s the thing.
There is actually very little difference between the terms Kintsugi and Kintsukori.
So similar, in fact, you could argue they essentially mean the exact same thing. See the Japanese to English translations just below.
Translates to literally - “Golden Joinery”
Translates to literally - “Golden Repair” or “Golden Mend”
It basically means the same thing - something being repaired in Gold (that said, the term has been extended to refer to other colours too - such as silver).
They basically have the idea of repair by binding the fix together to strengthen it again, to be reinstated to its former glory.
Only, this time.
It will actually look better than it once did.
There are, however, a lot of connotations and Kintsugi metaphors to take away. It’s much, much more than simply golden repair.
Kintsugi represents a philosophy. An ancient way of thinking.
In many ways, an art.
As you can see throughout our Kintsugi blog.
We make a lot of references to it.
It’s pretty simple.
Kintsugi or Kintsurukoi is literally the art of repairing broken stuff.
It creates beautiful golden cracks - and has recently become popular as a jewelry option.
Originally deriving from the philosophy of Wabi Sabi -- appreciating that things are imperfect. In Japanese culture, it is treating that breakages are apart of the history to an object -- rather than ending it.
That something that looks broken.
Can actually become more beautiful as a result.
There is beauty in the repair, not just that the object is broken or torn - and that it simply needs to be fixed.
Kintsugi though is something that anyone can do.
Especially through the handy DIY kits available.
You literally have everything you will need to get started. From the Kintsugi instructions manual, so you know what to do step by step.
The gold powder comes with it, the lacquer as well as brushes and much more.
In fact with the humade kit, the only thing that isn’t provided of course is the actual broken object.
We do warn you though.
It can get pretty addictive as it is incredibly therapeutic and destressing. Which sounds good.
However, be warned you might end up like us.
And letting things accidentally fall on to the kitchen floor on purpose -- oops -- just so you have an excuse to start up again.
In all seriousness, it is a great little pass time to get involved in.
You can see exactly how it works through the Youtube video just below:
As always at Mora Approved, if you have any questions, concerns or just want to generally chat some Kintsugi.
Then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
You can shoot us across a message through the contact form and we will be more than happy to get in touch with you as soon as we can.