Founded by the late Misao Jo in 1969, Saori became a movement to oppose the restrictive nature of designing textiles, which typically featured set repetition of patterns, and other rules. The name is derived from two Japanese words, the first syllable, sa, comes from the word sai, which means “individuality,” and ori, which means “weave.”
It is based on a philosophy that everyone is born with the ability to create their unique individual styles. Saori weaving is a practice of allowing individuals to connect with their creative self on a deep level and letting that creativity flow freely. The result is uniquely produced textiles that reflect the personalities of the individual weavers.
Focus should not be on technique or design, but rather on “the beauty with lack of intention.” Though improper lines or frayed edges would normally be regarded as mistakes, Saori embraces these irregularities as a reflection of beauty and creativeness. Obvious patterns are commonly what people look for when considering good designs, but this is actively discouraged when producing Saori textiles.