SAORI Philosophy

SAORI- Explore your Natural Creativity through Free Weaving

SAORI is unique and totally different from other traditional styles of hand weaving.  In traditional hand weaving, weavers highly value the regularity and cleanness of the woven cloth: if there is an irregular pattern or thread, it is considered a “mistake” or “flaw”.  In SAORI, on the other hand, we put more importance on free expression, because hand weaving is different from machine weaving.  In SAORI, we always try to follow the 4 slogans, because to free oneself from a conventional way of weaving is sometimes very challenging.

SAORI Slogans
1) Consider the differences between a machine and a human being.
2) Be bold and adventurous.
3) Let’s look out through eyes that shine.
4) Inspire one another, and everyone in the group.

Out of the 4 slogans, the most important one is the first one, “Consider the differences between a machines and a human being”.  In SAORI, we try not to imitate machine-made products, and we always try to do what only human beings can do.  No two weavers are alike, and it is very natural that every single cloth freely woven by people with different personalities is beautiful in a different way. The irregular selvage and accidental skip of thread add the unprogrammed beauty to the SAORI cloth; and we admire this irregularity as “the beauty with lack of intention” created by our natural creativity.

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Japanese people have traditionally admired “the beauty with lack of intention” in the nature and adopted it into art forms such as gardening, ceramics and painting.  Japanese people admire the beauty of nature leaving everything as it is. We find the beauty in the wild flowers, grass or trees in Japanese-style garden which we build with as little artificial taste as possible. In ceramics, for example, Japanese artists often make a cup in an irregular shape leaving finger print and some designs accidentally marked while it is fired. In SAORI, we admire the beauty of the cloth in the same way.  We leave irregular patterns or colors accidentally woven by hands and highly value it as “the beauty with lack of intentions”. It is the traditional view point of Japanese people who admire the “beauty with lack of intention” in nature and art works, that has developed the unique philosophy of SAORI.