What is different about SAORI?
SAORI is a Japanese handweaving philosophy developed by Misao Jo in Japan over 45 years ago. It emphasises true self-expression and self-development by tapping into inner personal creativity and sensibility. Bolstered by a ‘no rules, no requirements, no mistakes’ philosophy, all are free to immerse themselves in this non-technical, non-intimidating approach to hand weaving.
Pure absorption and immersion in weaving and working with yarns and threads is meditative by nature, awakening and freeing a spirit of imagination. Freedom to unleash what is within brings forth unique and pleasing woven fabric and items of wearable and usable art.
What Makes SAORI Looms Different?
SAORI looms have been designed for ease of use and flexibility encouraging freedom to experiment, allowing you to focus on being creative and to indulge in the joy of weaving with the least amount of technical interference.
- They are light, compact and foldable.
- The integral bobbin winder can be used for winding bobbins, plying yarns and spinning fibres.
- The ready made warps cut down the work you have to do before starting to weave.
- The back beam is detachable allowing you remove work in progress so that you can work on more than one project at a time. It is also great for families and groups. Instead of buying another loom just buy an ‘inside set’ for each person (front and back tying rod, reed, 2 heddles, cardboard tube for the back beam)
- The ingenious clip tying rod allows instant attachment of warp to front beam making it very easy to cut off one piece of weaving and start another without having to tie and tension the warp ends.
- There is a full range of accessories that enable even people with the most severe mobility difficulties to weave.
- Specially designed accessories enable dressing the loom while sitting in comfort at a table instead of having to lean over the loom.
Is SAORI for me?
“SAORI is for everyone. Anyone can experience SAORI and enjoy exceptional results. Hand woven SAORI cloth is unique to the weaver.” Misao Jo
People are always looking for new things to try but many assume that weaving is complicated and too time consuming. At SAORImôr we make weaving accessible to all. With accessories to enable those with restricted movement it is completely inclusive and is truly suitable for people of all ages and all abilities.
What can I gain through SAORI?
Wellbeing – SAORI is generous and supportive. It inspires positivity and happiness and a sense of personal achievement and belonging.
“Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.” Claudia Black
Creativity – SAORI encourages exploration and freedom in weaving. The creative process can lead you anywhere; SAORI allows you to follow.
Expression – SAORI allows you to follow your heart and work in the present. You can respond instinctively and intuitively as the ideas come to you.
“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” – Jean-Jaques Rousseau
Tourism – SAORI fits in perfectly with a holiday break. One of the most beautiful places in the UK, North Wales is a fantastic area, full of historical interest, stunning scenery and a wide choice of activities for all the family.The courses at SAORImôr can be tailored to the individual so that you can just pop in for an hour or stay as long as a week, the choice is yours.
Environment – SAORI weaving uses up all those bits of yarn and fabric that usually get thrown away. We call these ‘treasures’ and they add that bit of unpredictability and pizzaz into the work.
You can use any material to weave with, not only yarns, fabrics, and fibres but also more unusual materials such as wire, plastic, paper or even sticks and leaves!
Education – SAORI is an important component in art and design.
“Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.” J Krishnamurti