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In Japanese, the “ORI” in SAORI means “weaving”.  
The “SA” of SAORI has the same meaning as the Zen word “SAI”.  
It means that everything has its own individual dignity. 

 

 
Developed in Japan almost 50 years ago by Misao Jo (pictured here), the SAORI philosophy & techniques: 
 
Have inspired weavers & artists worldwide for over 40 years 
Provoke excitement for creating uncommon freestyle woven fabrics 
Encourage intuitive, individual creativity 
Bring joy to both those who weave & those who receive the woven gifts. 
SAORI is practiced worldwide by a varied community of over 40,000 weavers, including: 
 
Qualified SAORI Instructors 
Artisan hand-weavers, textile artists & craftspeople 
Art therapists & wellbeing practitioners 
Textile & fashion designers 
Many people with physical, mental or learning disabilities. 

  FOUR SLOGANS OF SAORI   

Consider the differences between a machine & a human being 
 
Be bold & adventurous 
 
Look out through eyes that shine 
 
Inspire one another, & everyone in the group 
 

  BENEFITS OF SAORI   

IMPROVE YOUR WELLBEING 

SAORI is a wonderful way to manage your health and enhance your sense of wellbeing
 
 

IMPROVE YOUR STATE OF MIND 

It inspires positivity and happiness and a sense of personal achievement and belonging. 
 
 

IMPROVE YOUR CREATIVITY 

SAORI encourages creative exploration and freedom in weaving. 
 
 

IMPROVE YOUR MINDFULNESS 

SAORI allows you to follow your heart and work mindfully in the present. 

IMPROVE YOUR INTUITION 

You can respond instinctively and intuitively expressing ideas as they come to you. 

IMPROVE YOUR MOOD 

Weaving with colour and texture can raise your mood. 
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