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“All flowers are beautiful, even though each individual flower is different in form and color.  Because of this difference, “all are good”. Because everything has the same life, life cannot be measured by a yardstick. 


It is this individuality that makes everything meaningful and the uniqueness of each thread that creates the tapestry of life.”

Misao Jo


What is Saori?

Saori is hand weaving that emphasizes and prioritizes creativity and free expression.

No rules, no fear – just pure absorption and immersion into weaving and working with yarn and threads.

This ‘non-technique’ is meditative in nature and aims to build a clearer expression of your human self  from the process itself and the resulting handwoven cloth.


Misao Jo – Saori Founder (1913-2018)

The founder of Saori is an exceptional woman. Misao Jo was born in 1913 in Osaka, Japan and sadly passed away at 104 years old on 10 January, 2018. Misao initiated this journey at the age of 57 after studying and teaching Ikebana and rearing a family. Also exceptional are her sons, and internationally


Kenzo Jo has developed and continues to refine the Saori looms and equipment. He is an inventive, creative and passionate person. Traits which stream through the Saori philosophy.

Lola Leeming Traditional weaver for 30 years began studying Saori in 2008 at Loop of the Loom in NYC. Visited Saorinomori in 2015 and continued studying at Saori Worcester. Became a Registered Saori Studio in 2017.

Lola continues to study at Saori Worcester and visits Saorinomori in Japan biannually.

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