SAORI-no-Mori, Japan

“In SAORI, we do not weave only a cloth. We weave our true self.” – SAORI no Mori

“SA” of SAORI comes from the zen word  “SAI” and translates to mean everything has its own individual dignity.  “ORI” is the Japanese word for weaving.

SAORI Is For Everyone… Anyone can experience SAORI and enjoy exceptional results.  Handwoven textiles will be unique to the weaver and unlike any other.  Follow the SAORI path to discover, awaken, and  free your creative spirit.

The primary tenets of this philosophy are:

  • Consider the difference between machines and people
  • Adventure beyond your imagination
  • Look out through eyes that shine
  • Learn from everyone in the group

All flowers are beautiful, even though each individual flower is different in form and color. Because of this difference, all are good. Because everything has the same life, life cannot be measured by a yardstick. It is this individuality that makes everything meaningful and the uniqueness of each thread that creates the tapestry of life” – Misao Jo

SAORI is a Japanese handweaving philosophy developed by Misao Jo in Osaka, Japan in 1969.  This philosophy emphasizes true self-expression and self-development by tapping into inner personal creativity and sensibilities.

When Misao Jo was 57 years old, she built a loom, and started weaving as a hobby. One day, she wove an “Obi” (a belt for Japanese Kimono), and found a warp thread was missing.  Misao thought the aesthetic quality that made the “Obi” valuable must have derived from something hidden inside herself. And it must have been possible because she broke away from the conventional ways of thinking. She thought that weaving could be a way of self-expression if she could stay faithful to her true self when she weaves, without imitating “flawless” cloth produced by commercial factories.

She built a new loom with her third son, Kenzo, to put her idea into practice. She wove many items and gave them to her friends who were very grateful for it, and her friends soon became very eager to learn how to weave. Misao named her weaving method “SAORI” and started her career as a weaving teacher.