Mending things is good.
But things are getting cheaper.
Time is getting shorter.
And mending skills are undervalued.
So we throw things away.
Kintsugi is a Japanese art form in which breaks and repairs are treated as part of the object’s history.
Broken ceramics are carefully mended by artisans with a lacquer resin mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum.
The repairs are visible — and beautiful.
Kintsugi means “golden joinery” in Japanese.
In. Not Out.
I think valuable things wear in.
Clothing I mean mainly.
But other things too.
I tend to buy less and buy better.
I know what I like so I don’t really want loads of things.
Just a few, excellent things!
And if they bend or break or bruise I like repairing them or having them repaired.
In fact, at Always Wear Red we have a Forever Repair Service.
AWR customers choose to have black knitted pieces repaired with black thread, or red thread.
Or invisible mend.
In time, I’ll let you know what people plump for.
And in the meantime I hope that you, with regards to clothing, plump for a “Wear It, Share it, Repair it” approach.
It must be the right thing to do.