In the newest issue of Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot which is distributed by the Handweavers Guild of America there is an article called “Try Some Saori Free-Style Weaving” by Marcy Petrini.
I have never quite understood what this type of weaving was. It looked to me like some form of tapestry weaving. But upon reading this article I learned more about the technique and found that there are a wide range of execution for Saori free-style weaving.
Saori is a free-style weaving program that was founded by Misao Jo. The first syllable, “sa” is a derivative of the zen word “SAI” which means that everything has its own individual dignity. “Ori” is Japanese for weaving. Misao developed this process so that “anyone can express oneself freely regardless of age, gender, disability or intellectual aptitude. In Saori, people can enjoy handweaving as an art form not only as a hand craft.” (This quote is from the Loop of the Loom website).
Typically when I look at weavings, I view them from a technical stand point; the distribution of colors, how are the selvedges, is the design balanced among the cloth? So, until I actually read the article, I didn’t fully understand the creative development and the “freeing” qualities of this type of weaving.
The type of cloth that I find the most striking in this type of creation is where there is a combination of textures. These weavings just look so rich and alive. Since there is no right or wrong way to create this type of weaving, the cloth often reflects the artistic eye of the individual weaver.
I may at some point try this style of weaving, even if it is to just bust through my extensive yarn stash. If you are interested in this type of weaving there are a few digital resources to look into:
If you have tried SAORI weaving or you are a practicing SAORI weaver, how has it influenced you? What advice would you give to someone who is interested in SAORI weaving?