Kenzo Jo shared a story earlier on in the week.
in 1989 Misao Jo came to the US and gave a speech in washington DC at a "very special arts festival" for people with disablities . After there presentation one audience member came up to Misao after her speech and was so moved and said to her ,"make 1,000 instructors like you, and spread Saori out all over the all countries to make a better world".
Here is Cheryl from Alabama taking her," on the loom" part of the test. There were 4 looms set up to test on on various skills needed to prepare the looms for weaving, weaving, folding, problem solving and design elements too.
This is Janet from Canada, looking like we all did, durning the written test!
We were called up and Kenzo award us our certificates for passing the 3rd grade of saori weaving skills.
No one can fail, ( this is Saori remember )and the hands on part for me was the smoothest part and went quickly. I never have been good at written tests, that was more difficult for me.
With help from all the Japan group and wonderful conference coordinator Mihoko we all passed!
The graduating photos from the 2012 Saori weaving conference work shop testing class !
"we do not weave a piece of cloth, but rather ( weave) our true selves".... Misao Jo
Misao is 99 yrs old and weaves every day.
Jill Nickolene Sanders