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The Celebration of SAORI Exhibition held in the charming historic township of Clunes, Victoria, brings together 35 SAORI artists from across Australia in a celebration of colour and creativity! SAORI is a unique Japanese freestyle form of weaving that produces one-of-a-kind woven cloth that can be made into garments, wall-hangings and woven items.

Using easy meditative movement and mindfulness rather than traditional pattern style weaving, each beautiful woven piece is a form of self-expression for the weaver. Through experimentation with colour, yarn, texture and technique, each woven piece has a unique story.

Hosted by Dyeing To Weave Studio, one of only three accredited SAORI studios in Australia, the exhibition will delight audiences with its diversity of creativity.

With over 50 pieces on display, this is a rare opportunity to view so many SAORI artists’ work and to learn more about this lesser-known Japanese weaving craft. Lots of beautiful pieces will be on display and for sale.

On weekends throughout the exhibition, there will be lots of opportunities to learn more about this unique style of weaving, with free SAORI weaving demonstrations and creativity talks taking place during the event as well as dedicated SAORI weaving workshops so that you too can try your hand at this easy and enjoyable style of Japanese meditative craft.

See the website for information about free talks, sessions and workshops.

Content: Dyeing To Weave Studio

Accessibility Information

  • Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)
  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

  • 8–23 Jun

10am–4pm

Esmond Gallery, The Warehouse Clunes

36 Fraser Street, Clunes VIC 3370

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Accessibility Information

  • Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)
  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

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Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.

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