Saori Weaving: 6 Things You Need to Know

by Aidan Ross McFarlane | CRAFT

Weaving may not be at the forefront of everyone’s mind when you think of exciting activities for the weekend, but we invite you to open your mind to a type of weaving that is all about self-expression and making deliberate mistakes to foster a unique piece of art that reflects your feelings. By its very nature, the process of creating Japanese Saori weaving is a meditative exercise. Why not give it a go yourself?

Saori is a practice of handweaving that focuses on the significance of inspiration and self-expression in your creation. You feel a kind of zen and inner peace as you completely absorb yourself into the rotations of weakening threads and other materials together, slowly building up a cascade of colours and textures line by line at the top of your weave. The emphasis on no rules and no mistakes allows you the creative freedom to completely go wild in your colour choices, length, shapes and textures. You will find that the composition you create is uniquely beautiful and very reminiscent of how you feel.

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