What is SAORI?

SAORI is a contemporary hand-weaving philosophy. SAORI is completely intuitive. There are no patterns to follow, no guidelines to abide by. Through the creative use of colors, textures, and materials, SAORI practitioners are encouraged to express themselves through their work, without fear of making mistakes or pressure to conform to the expectations of others.

SAORI is accessible to everyone, regardless of age, gender, skill-level, or physical ability. By using the most basic of weaving structures as a foundation, practitioners can begin weaving and creating within minutes of sitting at the loom.

Each SAORI weaving is one-of-a-kind, as unique as the person who made it, and should be considered a work of art.


 
 Misao Jo

Misao Jo

 
The most important foundation for SAORI Weavers is developing aesthetic eyes. I would like to stress this point, because I hope SAORI Weavers will not end up being content with conventional weavings.
— Misao Jo, Founder of SAORI Weaving
 

SAORI is a contemporary hand weaving philosophy founded in Japan in 1968 by Misao Jo. For over 40 years, the Jo family has committed their lives to sharing the SAORI philosophy with others. 


 
 Misao Jo, 2008

Misao Jo, 2008

The Four Slogans of SAORI

The following slogans represent the SAORI philosophy and way of living.

  1.  Consider the differences between a machine and a human being

  2.  Be bold and adventurous

  3.  Look out through eyes that shine

  4.  Inspire one another, and everyone in the group


 
 Misao jo, 1972

Misao jo, 1972