Misao Jo, founder of SAORI weaving, wrote in 1977
“The spirit of weaving exists in the spirit of living a life freely and faithfully to your true self, apart from conventional ways.”
Now aged over 100 years old, Misao Jo, together with her son Kenzo Jo and others, remains dedicated to sharing the joys of SAORI weaving with the world.
The four slogans of SAORI, set down by Misao Jo and Kenzo Jo in 1975, remain as the underpinning philosophy of SAORI weaving.
Consider the difference between a machine and a human being
Be bold and adventurous
Look out through eyes that shine
Inspire one another, and everyone in the group
Over the past 44 years, SAORI has grown throughout Japan and far beyond, enabling people of all abilities to freely weave, and through weaving, discover their own kansei – their unique aesthetic.