Saori is type of weaving developed in Osaka, Japan only 40 years ago. The free-form style created without patterns produces colorful and textured results. By skipping some blades of the reed when warping a loom, one is able to create varied thicknesses and interesting effects. Misao Jo is the inventor of Saori and was 57 years old when she built her first loom and began her weaving legacy.
Saori weaving can be learned and practiced even without any previous weaving knowledge. In her classes in Japan, after teaching only the basics of the loom, Misao Jo allows students to release their creativity and experiment by weaving however and whatever they like.
Mori Chinami (@1000wave) is a vibrant and witty fashion designer who, like Misao Jo, is also from Osaka. Her Instagram features Chinami’s adorable grandmother, Eriko. If you follow her you’ll soon find that Eriko will become your favorite person to see online.
Eriko visted Chinami’s studio often and became Chinami’s muse and model. Eriko’s enthusiasm for her granddaughter is infectious. Weaving has gotten a fresh new look with Saori and Chinami has brilliantly used her grandmother to brighten up an antiquated art-form.
Saori’s motto is, “No rules, no restrictions. Weave yourself”. If you would like to learn more about Saori weaving you can read about Misao Jo and buy her looms on her website. Can’t get to Osaka for a class but still want to learn how to make Saori? You can find books and other resources from Curious Weaver.
Madeline spends her time somewhere around the Pacific Ocean attached to a needle & thread while practicing Japanese. You can keep up with Madeline’s endless fiber projects at www.madelinewonderland.com or follow her on Pinterest