When Misao Jo at the age of 57 decided to follow her heart and asked her family through her 3rd son Kenzo Jo to make her a loom so she could weave, did she know that her design by accident would become a movement? A movement founded on self expression through a form of weaving that celebrates the creative uniqueness of each human being.
Born in 1913 Misao had put her family first, but found that the time was now right to follow her calling. The name Saori came about as she was asked to create a brand name for herself as Her weaving style where she favoured what traditional weavers would see as flaws but she would see beauty became very popular. Yet Miaso felt her mission in live was not in making and selling the same item over and over. “Human beings are not machines” is also one of the core statements of Saori.
Saori is a combination of Misao’s name, but also “sa” has the same meaning as the first letters of “Sai”; means that everything has its own individual dignity. “Ori” means weaving.
If you want to learn more about Saori weaving look up the book:
SAORI Self-innovation Through Free Weaving by Misao Jo and Kenzo Jo.
Visit Saori-no-mori ( the Saori Forrest) web site: http://www.saorinomori.com
Here you will also find information about travel to the Saori weaving centre outside Osaka, Japan to weave and stay at their Condo like I did in June/ July 2016.
Miaso was still at the age of 113 there at the studio sitting at the table watching the children and people of all ages enjoying what she had created so many years ago and what the Jo family is still trying to continue. Kenzo jo continues to innovate and develop new ways and approaches to weaving and the Saori looms. If you want to go to the source of Saori I really recommend you visit them in Japan. Staying at the condo I also met other weavers staying for a few days to weave like me, an unexpected added bonus to my stay.