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Sunday, June 20, 2021

SAORI Weaving Workshop

SAORI Weaving

About SAORI Weaving Workshop

Join artist Mihoko Wakabayashi to explore the practice of SAORI weaving. From the Zen vocabulary “sai”, meaning everything has its own dignity, and “ori”, meaning weaving, this freestyle contemporary weaving technique emphasizes the individuality of the maker through spontaneity and freedom of expression.

Create for a half-day (2.5 hour session) to produce a nature-inspired wall hanging or register for two half-day sessions (5 hours total) to create a larger wall hanging, scarf, or placemat.

deCordova is pleased to offer this workshop that explores weaving techniques also featured in the exhibition, Monumental Cloth: The Flag We Should Know by Sonya Clark.

Please note:

  • The workshop will take place outdoors, social distancing and face masks will be required.
  • No experience necessary, and all experience levels are welcome.
  • If you use a wheelchair and would prefer an accessible loom, please contact Sarah at
  • All materials will be provided.
  • For ages 16+

About the Instructor

Mihoko Wakabayashi is the owner of SAORI Worcester, the first registered SAORI weaving studio in the United States, located in Worcester, MA. She leads workshops in SAORI weaving throughout the commonwealth and hosts regular weaving-focused tours of Japan. The artist most recently organized the Loom in Essence exhibition, featuring 130 woven works made by Wakabayashi and 20 of her current and former students.

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