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Kintsugi Restoration Milan

RESTORE WITH GOLD

KINTSUGI

Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese technique for restoring ceramics. Its name derives from “Kin” gold – “tsugi” reunion.

According to the most accredited legend, it originated in the 15th century AD, when Ashikaga Yoshimasa, eighth shogun of Ashikaga, after breaking his favorite tea cup, sent it to China to have it repaired. Unfortunately, the repairs were carried out with unaesthetic and not at all functional metal bindings. The object now seemed lost, but its owner tried to entrust it to some Japanese craftsmen who, surprised by the shogun’s tenacity in getting his beloved cup back, decided to try to transform it into a jewel by filling the cracks with lacquered resin and dust. gold.

THE KINTSUGI TECHNIQUE

LACQUERING

THE MAKI-E TECHNIQUE

Maki-e is an ancient lacquering tradition dating back to the Heian period (794-1185). In reality it seems that the term is an evolution of makkinru, art created with a mixture of urushi and gold dust.

On a background, called jimaki, which has no added design, images and patterns created with colors, but also with gold and silver dust are traced.

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