Kintsugi: “The art of precious scars”
Kin = Golden
Tsugi = Joinery
I was doubly blest recently not only to have attended the Marble Women’s Retreat, but also to have shared that powerful weekend with my mother. She happens to be a talented quilter with a vision for truth. At the retreat, I had an opportunity to share my story, and I wanted to mention Kintsugi as the process we undergo as we move into our authenticity as women of God. I couldn’t remember the name Kintsugi, but when I described the process to her, she knew it immediately and gave me its name just in time for me to speak.
The very afternoon we returned from the retreat, she presented the above quilt that she had recently made for me as a gift. It had been waiting for me the entire weekend. I hadn’t known anything about it, but the power of it had taken hold long before I even knew it existed.
On the back of the quilt, she included a pieced-together definition of kintsugi from various sources:
“Japanese philosophy which says that broken pieces carefully repaired with lacquer and gold render the breaks beautiful and strong. There should be no attempt to disguise the damage because the repaired piece is now more beautiful than the original.”
Her own words continue, speaking a truth that, I truly believe, is meant for each and every one of us:
“In the process of repairing things that have broken, we actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient. You have repaired yourself in a deeply beautiful, prayerful and thoughtful way. You are stronger today than you have ever been. Your scars are truly beautiful and what you are today is a perfect example of ‘the art of precious scars.’”
Thank you, Mom.
Shared by Karla Hendrick