SAORI is a combination of the Zen term sai, which means “the dignity of the individual,” and the Japanese word ori, which means “weaving.”
SAORI weaving was created in Japan by Misao Jo (1913-2018) in the late 1960s. A homemaker who started to weave when she was 57, Misao was surprised when a mistake in her first piece produced an unexpected beauty. Inspired, Misao began to develop a weaving method that embraced imperfections and spontaneity.
Misao introduced this form of weaving to people with disabilities. She and her son designed looms with features that made weaving accessible to this population. Today SAORI weavers are part of a global community, bringing growth and healing to people in 50 countries.