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The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books

November 9, 2014

After witnessing their doodling artistry, it should come as no surprise that medieval scribes had a host of ideas to work around bad parchment, from webs of silk embroidery to cheeky illustrations, the blemishes were incorporated right into the physical texts. Although a different medium, the process is uncannily similar to the ancient Japanese process of repairing broken ceramics, Kintsugi, where fractures in pots or bowls are mended with precious metal, acknowledging the history of the imperfect object instead of discarding it.

Source: www.thisiscolossal.com

Akin to both boro and kintsugi. Perhaps we are beginning to find that Sustainability includes the art of innovative repair.

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