SUKI: Subtle Elegance
The attraction of the unusual or idiosyncratic. The primitive mask, a mysterious object, an obscure agricultural tool. Suki is the fascination exerted by the unknown and unfamiliar.
WABI: Tranquil Simplicity
The intrinsic quality of colors and materials, forms and textures. Plain clay pots, woven baskets, shell pendant. Wabi is the spirit of poverty, appreciation of the commonplace. The fine line which precariously separates beauty from shabbiness.
SABI: Patina of Age
The enhancement of the ravages of time. The castle ruin, the armless statue. Sabi is when age, wear and tear, bring something to the very threshold of demise.