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KINTSUGI 

GOLD LACQUER REPAIR

Gold Lacquer Repair was developed in Japan to repair tea bowls for the tea ceremony in the 16th century. It was then thought that an object to which Gold lacquer repair had been applied to was more valuable.

Urushi is a refined tree sap used in this process, confering strength to an object after the repair. However, due to its high toxicity, nowadays an epoxy resin can be used instead.

These images show two examples: a pink teabowl repaired with Urushi and gold leaf and an Oil spot glazed rice bowl repaired with epoxy resin and gold powder.