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Misao Jo has inspired an approach to weaving that opens the heart and the mind.
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Remembering Misao Jo

On January 10, 2018, Misao Jo sensei passed away peacefully. She was 104, with her 105th birthday just a few months away.

Misao has inspired so many through the SAORI philosophy and her passion for it. At 57 she embarked on a journey that will carry on through her family and so many others.

I had the great honour to meet her in Japan many times on my trips. I will think of her as I weave and share SAORI and do my best to help others know the joy of this beautiful philosophy.

Love, prayers and blessings to her family. She will be greatly missed.

SAORI weaving is based on a philosophy started in Japan by Misao Jo in 1969.

“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, Founder of SAORI

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Kenzo Jo, Misao Jo, Terri in 2014 at SAORI no Mori

 

*First two photos, photo credit Sakaiseikisangyo Co. Ltd

Saori article in new e-zine

A new article about Saori weaving has just been e-published in the premiere issue of a new fibre magazine – Entangled Magazine. The contents of this first issue can be found here.

Entangled

The article has two parts – the first part “Saori Weaving – no rules, no mistakes” is written by Akiko Jo of Saori no Mori in Japan. It is very interesting to read about the history of Saori weaving and about the family and how Saori is going global. The second part was written by me – “Weaving a Life with Saori” – and I talk about how I discovered Saori weaving and where it has taken me.

I’m excited about this new fibre magazine – the photos throughout are gorgeous and there are lots of interesting articles in this first issue.

Congratulations to Genny who has pulled this all together. I will definitely stay tuned.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

PS – Yes, the e-zine does cost to purchase, as any magazine – you can buy a single issue or a subscription.

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More about Japan…

A big thank you to both Eiji-sensei and Kenzo-sensei and their families for welcoming us and hosting us and for their great generosity. We were very happy to be able to spend time with them…

Saori Japan 2010

… and other weavers at the studio.

Saori Japan 2010

Here are some photos of the Saori no Mori studio (photos of the Osaka/Nakatsu studio can be found on this post). Saori no Mori is where the Saori looms are manufactured and is also a beautiful studio …

Saori Japan 2010

Saori Japan 2010

Saori Japan 2010

…in the forest. Here’s Kenzo-sensei putting up a hammock.

Saori Japan 2010

We were able to spend some time with Misao-sensei and share a meal …

Saori Japan 2010

and to see her weaving (at 97!)…

Saori Japan 2010

Such an amazing opportunity – thank you again to all of the Jo family!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com