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SAORI weaving





What is SAORI?


SAORI is a contemporary weaving style developed by Misao Jo in the 60s in Japan.




SAORI is both a style of weaving & philosophy- it is about freedom, creativity, improvisation, originality & the sheer joy which goes with that! It encourages each of us to find the unique expression of our creativity and the beauty that resides within us!

In traditional weaving, we plan on what to weave, set up the loom according to the pattern and ‘execute’ the plan.

Saori weaving is a very different thought from this! We don’t start weaving with a plan in mind like in traditional weaving. No patterns to follow, no guidelines to abide by. It is very intuitive, we weave inch by inch exploring without boundaries

With no rules, no patterns, no mistakes philosophy, everyone can enjoy this non-technical approach to hand weaving.

Working with our hands and yarns, SAORI style of weaving is absorbing & meditative in nature. Once we get to the meditative state of mind, it awakens our spirit of imagination & we start experimenting!

Each project is unique and joyful expression of the liberated creator!

The best part is we don’t need to know weaving to enjoy SAORI weaving! In fact, the less we know the better! Perfectly suitable for all abilities, genders, ages & skill levels!

In SAORI, we can enjoy hand weaving as an art form not only as a hand craft.




The four golden slogans of SAORI weaving:


  • Consider the differences between machine & human being


While machines are good at weaving patterns in mass production, we can weave with heart & soul and express our feelings with freedom to veer from patterns & ‘uniformity’ and enjoy the process of creating unique fabrics which reflect our moods!






  • See with eyes that shine


Is there a machine like perfection in anything we see around in nature? Everything is unique, everything is beautiful with its own pattern or absence of it- be it the clouds in the sky or the leaves in a tree or colours of flowers, smile of people…. With SAORI weaving, we draw inspiration from all these and try out unexpected combinations of colours, textures & irregularities and bring out the child-like happiness within us! Our eyes shine!




  • Be bold & adventurous


Let’s not be too critical of ourselves! Let’s try what we think is good without any inhibition. With an approach like this, we create something unique and more importantly we will be happy & proud of our journey!


  • Inspire one another & everyone!


By sharing & inspiring, don’t we always gain more than we give! SAORI weaving creates community of sharers and supporters!


SAORI weaving at Shuttles & Needles:


Do you enjoy dancing in the rains to your heart’s content?

Do you enjoy bathroom singing without worrying about 'that perfect tune'?

Do you like experimenting with cooking without following the recipe book?

Do you enjoy jazz?.......

SAORI weaving is for you!




We are here to inspire & encourage your weaving exploration. Experience the simplicity, freedom and joy of SAORI weaving!

By using the most basic weaving structure as the foundation, it takes only a few minutes to get into the rhythm of weaving with SAORI looms.

We conduct exploratory sessions and also periodic workshops for SAORI style weaving at the studio. 

Shuttles & Needles is registered SAORI weaving studio in India; we sell SAORI looms & products. 

Visit the studio to enjoy SAORI weaving!







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