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What does Saori Mean?

Saori garment at Saori no Mori, Osaka

“Ori” is weaving in Japanese. A little word that means so much.

For me the essence of Saori is simplistic beauty drawn from the action of weaving. In my view this beauty is:

the process of weave and how we relate to the threads and woven rows building the cloth. In Saori this is emphasised to include your human uniqueness and it’s ability to be incarnated as a physical textile object.

The potential of the cloth to create something such as clothing that can be enjoyed, worn, used – in life.

And lastly the interesting  ‘interwoven’  relationship and respect that is built up by the weaver with the ingenuity of the actual Saori loom. The loom is very much part of the process. Its development by Kenzo Jo – a great inventor and innovator – represents ease in every way. The loom allows the mind to focus on the enjoyment and experimentation of the textile being woven.

What’s next….my way of exploring these elements in my craft….more on Saori.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sandie #

    Thanks for this post Karen! Have an interest in learning more about Saori. Tried to buy a book on it earlier this year without much success.
    Looking forward to more on Saori!!! 🙂

    November 29, 2010
  2. Hi Sandie,

    If you are still interested in a Saori book let me know and I can make sure you get in touch with someone to get one to you.

    Happy Weaving,

    December 17, 2010
  3. Marg #

    Hello curiosweaver I love what you do! Do you weave to order/sell or just for personal use?

    July 11, 2012

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