Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold.

It can also be viewed as a philosophy for life.

The cracks in the piece of pottery are part of its story. And the gold used to repair the pottery becomes a natural extension of it.

The kintsugi approach highlights the pottery’s unique history, rather than hiding it.

It’s the idea that our past and our pains do not need to leave us broken in pieces. Rather, we can fill in the gaps with beauty and be strengthened through them. Our scars can become a gilded reminder of our resilience.

Dave Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

P.S. Here are a few photos of our gold-foiled Resilience Art inspired by the concept of kintsugi. We still have some Resilience Kits including the art and guide available in our shop →

Resilience kintsugi art close up

Kintsugi Art Resilience

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