By Rajvi Mehta and Malini Aikat
The Japanese don’t like to throw anything away. Wastage is regretful. This idea is referred to as ‘mottainai’. Linked to this idea is the concept of ‘wabi sabi’ which is finding beauty in the imperfect. The Japanese will take cracked objects and fill the cracks with gold dust, silver or platinum and thus bring to life something entirely new. It is almost like closing and healing wounds or not letting the story of the lives that were connected to this object disappear.