Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold — with the concept that an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art will emerge by incorporating its defects and imperfections. Every break is seen as unique and instead of repairing an item like new, or throwing an item away, the 400-year-old craft now highlights the “scars” as a part of the design.This Kintsugi hat is a modern take of this timeless technique. A traditional shape, this bowler features a side-swept crown at the front. The silk’s pinstripe velour flecked in gold is a staple of evening fashion, highlighting the shape of the hat with the geometry of the print. Gold beading fills in the space between the silk fabric ends, an organic pattern that emerged from the hand-felting, as if it was a broken piece of porcelain. The beads imply the flow of gold, as it is laid between the broken segments of the original hat.
Sometimes in the process of repairing such a piece, we can create something more distinctive, beautiful and resilient. Timeless, yet scarred with a story from each unique piece. Kintsugi is a tender embrace of time, mishap and serendipity.
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This hat is handmade felt. The silk gold pinstripe fabric is fused with raw wool in a process of wet felting called nuno felting. Once the fabric/felt hood is created, it is stiffened and blocked over a vintage wooden block to shape. The brim is first wired, then an elastic inner band sewn by hand, helping with the comfort of the hat and to keeps it on your head. The outer gold beads were done by hand, in a meditative, intricate way as my version of the practice of kintsugi.
This hat fits a medium-large head, 22.75-23.5″ wide. If you have questions about fit, please contact me.
Kintsugi: Sometimes in the process of repairing such a piece, we can create something more distinctive, beautiful and resilient. Timeless, yet scarred with a story from each unique piece. Kintsugi is a tender embrace of time, mishap and serendipity.