Sakiori Rag Weaving

Sakiori – Japanese rag weaving

Sakiori Cloth

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Sakiori is a traditional Japanese technique of rag weaving.
In Japan, rag weaving is known as Sakiori and has been used to weave traditional kimono.
The rag strips are cut quite finely and woven into a tweed-like fabric.

Sakiori in Nishinomiya
Gramma Ashiwa tears vintage cotton cloth into strips and weaves them into beautiful sakiori
Sakiori and Sashiko
Sakiori is woven from strips of old fabric and is commonly used for work clothing.

Sakiori Cloth
Sakiori Cloth

Saki means rag and oru means to weave. This site describes the warp as being a fairly
heavy weight yarn. The cloth strips are cut in a zig-zag fashion, about 1/2 inch wide,
starting from the selvage edge, to within 1/2″ of the next selvage, creating a long,
narrow strip. The strip is rolled and used as weft.

Sakiori Cutting Strips
Sakiori Cutting Strips

Weaving with Rags
Rag Weaving
Wagon Wheel Rugs
T Shirt Rugs
Catalogne Rugs

Kimono and Sakiori Pattern Books

Weaving Western Sakiori: A Modern Guide for Rag Weaving

Sakiori no hon

Riches from Rags: Saki-ori & Other Recycling Traditions In Japanese Rural Clothing

Sakiori to sakiami : Furugi ga suteki ni yomigaeru

Making Kimono and Japanese Clothes

Textiles of Japan

Author: Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about tradtional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi