What is Saori?

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"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, founder of SAORI weaving

SAORI is an art of handweaving that emphasizes creativity and free expression. Founded in Japan by Misao Jo over 40 years ago, the SAORI philosophy embraces the attitude that everyone can express oneself freely! There are no rules or samples to follow, and no mistakes—only possibilities. Skipped warp threads, using the beater with varying degrees of pressure, playing with color and texture, all add interest to the overall piece. Each handwoven cloth is unique, flowing from the heart.

Is it Difficult to Learn Saori?

In SAORI free-style weaving, there is no measuring, no counting, and no experience is necessary! With some basic instructions, you will soon discover the joys of weaving! SAORI looms are designed for everyone! If you are new to weaving, you will enjoy the ease of use. If you are an experienced weaver, you will appreciate the many ingenious features SAORI looms and accessories offer. If you have physical challenges, SAORI looms can be adapted with special attachments to make weaving accessible and enjoyable.

When can I start?

All classes are ongoing. You can register and start whenever you’d like to begin your journey through peaceful weaving today!

Four Slogans of SAORI

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


In 2015, a dream came true when I had the privilege of meeting Misao Jo, founder of Saori weaving, on my first Japan tour. She had just turned 102 years old! I am so very grateful to her and SAORI Weaving for changing my life!