In Japan, when a plate, glass, or bowl breaks, instead of throwing it away, it is put back together and made to look even more beautiful than before. This is Kintsugi, the ancient Japanese art of restoring broken ceramic pottery with precious metals such as silver or gold.
Kintsugi (金継ぎ, "golden joinery"),
also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い, "golden repair")
Kintsugi is part of the wabi-sabi Zen philosophy of acknowledging flaws, embracing change, and restoring objects with a newfound beauty. It is recognizing beauty in broken things that could have ended up in the isle of the forgotten, alternatively known as the trash bin.
In a world of disposable fashion, similar philosophies are not only welcome but needed. What about buying better, beautiful, precious clothes and making them last? Clothes worth wearing are worth repairing, as the Fashion Revolution community promotes with #lovedclotheslast.
We all know our mom’s old hack of patching up all of our pants knees when we were kids. However, unless those patches are back on-trend in an adult fashion, we are talking about something slightly more stylish here. Mending, fixing, repairing. From the seam of a shirt to a button to the hem on a pair of pants. This not only applies to upcycled and repurposed clothes or fabrics but should be practiced in our day-to-day wardrobe.
After all, this is not so revolutionary, but more of a back to basics, back to the times of our grannies, when clothes were special and treated as such.