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Imperfections

Imperfections was my SAORI style weaving studio. Due to heath problems, I sold my looms in 2013 and eventually redirected my creative energies to drawing and painting.

Here are some examples of the weavings I created, most of them done in the SAORI style.


Saori Water Lilies Scarf Saori Water Lilies Scarf: Cotton, recycled Sari silk, wool roving, silk ribbon, bamboo


Saori beaded Mardi Gras scarfSaori Mardi Gras scarf: cotton, tencel, beads


Cotton & bamboo twill scarf


Cotton twill scarf



Cotton, bamboo, recycled silk sari ribbon scarf, SAORI style


Cotton & wool scarf


Organic Fall Scarf & Hat A happy customer Organic cotton hat & scarf



Shawl Cotton shawl



Cool Jazz Scarf Cool Jazz Scarf: Cotton, bamboo, rayon, tencel


Mardi Gras TowelsMardi Gras Towels


Kitchen towels

Five element flagsFive Elements Flags, SAORI style


Tapestry sampler Tapestry sampler detail topTapestry sampler detail bottom Tapestry weaving made on a Mirrix “Big Sister” loom


Market bag Market bag made out of recycled t-shirts

About SAORI Weaving

To weave SAORI style is to improvise and weave in the moment. SAORI weaving honors the differences between man and machine and not just accepts, but celebrates, the imperfections that make us human. The so-called flaws and irregularities of the hand-woven fabric are what make them unique. Like smooshing jazz, jammin' and meditation together but using a loom and fiber as your instruments to make cloth.

SAORI is unique and totally different from other traditional styles of hand weaving. In traditional hand weaving, weavers highly value the regularity and cleanness of the woven cloths: if there is an irregular pattern or thread, it is considered “mistake” or “flaw”. SAORI, on the other hand, puts more importance on free expression, because hand weaving is intrinsically different from machine weaving.


"Saori" is a trademark of Sakaiseikisangyou in Japan. . The "sa" in "SAORI" ("ori" means "weaving"), is a Zen Buddhist term that means "each thing has its own unique quality" or "each person has his or her own unique quality." Because of these spiritual roots, as experienced and expressed by founder Misao Jo, SAORI is a philosophy as well as a technique.

A fundamental principle of SAORI is to “consider the differences between machines and people”. In SAORI, the goal is not to imitate machine-made products, but rather to do what only human beings can do. No two weavers are alike; thus, it follows that that every single cloth freely woven by people with different personalities is beautiful in a different way. The irregular selvage and accidental skip of thread add the unprogrammed beauty to the SAORI cloths.

SAORI weaving puts emphasis on pure improvisation from the heart, with no premeditated pattern in mind. Meditating on the piece at hand, colors unfold, designs emerge, and beauty blooms directly from the genius of each unique individual working in harmony with loom, thread, and the spark of the moment. SAORI is a profound inner journey, yet it can also be enjoyed socially, working alongside others. SAORI weaving can take the form of clothing, bags, tapestries, and many useful items.


=Adopted from the SAORI Global & SAORI Worcester websites