Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese craft where broken pottery is restored with materials like gold, silver, or platinum. Rather than disguise or replace the fragments, the fragments are filled with precious metals, thereby drawing attention to the pottery’s cracks, resulting in a unique and beautiful work of art.
In our own lives, we may try to hide our scars and blemishes through clothing or cosmetics. We may try to hide our character flaws from others so we stay guarded. Kintsugi challenges this concept of “broken” because it’s these flaws that make us unique and beautiful. And accepting them helps us to break free from our obsession with perfection.