Skip to product information
1 of 7

Traditional Kintsugi Shop TSUGU TSUGU

Lacquered Brooch Made from Scrap Wood - Handcrafted in Japan / Dotted Metallic Lines

Lacquered Brooch Made from Scrap Wood - Handcrafted in Japan / Dotted Metallic Lines

Regular price $39.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $39.00 USD
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.

We cannot ship international orders without a local phone number.

This stylish brooch has been handcrafted by "saca,” an emerging Japanese artist specializing in kintsugi and lacquer craft. For this small round brooch, saca created an original design combining black urushi and brass powder. This accessory looks particularly good when worn on the collar of a shirt.

The wood used for the brooch took quite a long journey. Harvested in the depths of the forest, it was first used at a furniture-making store, before landing in the workshop of saca to be turned into beautiful lacquered pieces. 

saca is very passionate about sustainability issues. 

In order to give back to nature, part of the sales will be used to help build the forest again.

■ The Story Behind this Product:

One day, saca saw a lot of scrap wood being thrown away at a nearby furniture store. She thought it was a shame because the wood could still be used. She had the idea to use her knowhow as a lacquer artist to turn this scrap wood into stylish lacquered accessories. This led to the creation of a collection of lacquered brooches.

■ The Making Process:

Each piece of wood has been carefully sanded and shaped. Saca took care to retain the natural texture of the wood to retain its warm feel. She decorated each brooch by applying multiple layers of urushi-lacquer by hand. 

■ What is lacquer craft ?

Lacquering techniques have been used for ten thousand years in Japan. They are traditionally used to decorate or coat various objects made out of wood (tableware, accessories, furniture). Japanese lacquer craft is based on the use of a natural lacquer (urushi) that combines adhesive and protective properties. 

■ Product information:

Creator: saca

Place of Production: Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Materials used: Japanese cedar wood, black lacquer and brass powder. The clutch at the back is made of brass.

Size: Diameter is 2 cm. Thickness is 4 mm.

■ More About the Artist  - saca -

saca is a kintsugi* artist based in Nagano prefecture (Japan). After studying at the famous Tama Art University, she moved to Azumino, a small town at the foot of the beautiful Japanese Alps. In addition to her activities related to kintsugi, saca has recently started creating lacquer accessories.

* Kintsugi is a technique used to repair ceramics with a natural lacquer called "urushi," which was originally applied to wood for Japanese lacquer art.

■ About us - Tsugu Tsugu -

KintsugiJapan is managed by Tsugu Tsugu Inc. We are a small company specialized in kintsugi, a traditional Japanese technique that uses gold and lacquer to repair broken vessels. Thanks to kintsugi, objects that were once broken are turned into art pieces. In the future, we intend to focus on the art of lacquerware.

In addition to selling kintsugi pieces and kintsugi supplies, we are always happy to support Japanese artists who, like us, are very passionate about  sustainability issues. By shedding a light on their art, we hope to contribute to revitalizing the Japanese lacquerware industry, which has been shrinking over the past few years.

We leverage our international experience to spread the charm of kintsugi and Japanese lacquerware to the rest of the world.

View full details

What is Kintsugi?

Kintsugi is a traditional Japanese art form that originated in the 15th century, and it's been around for over 500 years. When a cherished piece of pottery or porcelain breaks, Kintsugi specialists repair it using natural materials such as genuine lacquer and then decorate the repair marks with gold or silver to make them stand out instead of trying to hide them. Rather, we should allow cracks and blemishes in our belongings to shine and tell a story of their own. The result is an object that's more beautiful than before it was broken, and uniquely valuable because of its history. This is the kintsugi philosophy.

We Are Kintsugi Specialists

Tsugu Tsugu is proud to be part of this ancient tradition—we use only natural materials for our kintsugi repairs. We know where beginners tend to get stuck in the process because we receive so many repairs every day and have taught kintsugi classes for years. That's why our products are filled with educational information and easy-to-understand instructions, along with YouTube videos on the proper way to perform authentic kintsugi. Our goal is to help people around the world successfully perform authentic kintsugi and enjoy a long and prosperous life with their beautiful and favorite pottery.

About Tsugu Tsugu

At Tsugu Tsugu, we are proud to offer kintsugi classes almost every day so that you can share in the fascination of restoring broken pottery.

We believe that there's something special about a piece of broken pottery—it's not just an object that needs to be thrown away, but rather it becomes a treasure once repaired with gold or silver lacquer and put back together. We want to make sure that as many people as possible get to experience this ancient Japanese technique and feel the same joy we do when we see our customers' faces light up with excitement.

Learn More