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SAORI and Bengala Dye Brings Everyone SMILES!


CONTACT: 952-393-7985/chiakiobrien@gmail.com

SAORI and Bengala Dye distributor in the U.S.



Chiaki was on MNOriginal(tpt Twin Cities) on Feb. 19(Sun) 

Chiaki O’Brien | Saori Weaver

“When she emigrated from Japan, Chiaki O’Brien brought her skills in Saori weaving with her to Minnesota. Since moving to the US in 2004 Chiaki has shared this unique form of weaving with hundreds of people, which has allowed her to create many connections in her new home.”

Sun Sailor article (spring in 2016) from the Blake School Residency at High Croft Campus local paper in Wayzata, MN.

ItajimeSAORI and Bengala Dye classes off-sites schedule2017
Jan. 28(Sat) 1-4pm Gale Woods Farm SAORI workshop  (only a few spots left)
Feb. 1-3 Bengala Dye workshop at Orono Intermediate School
Mar 14 St. John Lutheran School SAORI Workshop with 7-8th graders
March- Hillcrest Community School SAORI residency with Vision program students
March 27-30 Blake School Spring Break SAORI 4 day workshop
Apr.4-25 (Tuesdays) SAORI for Older Adults @Savage Library (Scott County)
April 8 (Sat) 1-4pm SAORI Workshop @American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis
May 1-22(Mondays) SAORI Workshop for Older Adults @9 Mile Creek
May 2-30 (Tuesdays) SAORI classes @JCC in St. Paul
May 6(Sat) Bengala Dye Shibori workshop @ the Weavers Guild of MN
May 12-14 Shepherd’s Harvest (MN’s Sheep and Wool Festival)
May 19 & 20 (Fri & Sat) 10-4pm Try It! SAORI Weaving @ the Weavers Guild of MN
June 16-17 SAORI workshops @Midwest Weavers Conference in Indianapolis, IN

A 5 minute film about six ladies I work with through SAORI Weaving.
We received a honorable mention from ReelAbilities:Minneapolis-St. Paul Disabilities Film Festival.

Studio FUN Offers:

    • Regular classes
    • Intensive courses
    • Birthday parties (Yes! There is a place to do fun Birthday parties in Carver County! Weaving party or Bengala party?)
    • Summer Camps / Seasonal events
    • Off-site workshops / demonstrations
    • Drop-in lessons (Trial)
    • SAORI instructor training
    • Artists in Residency (We are one of the teaching artists for VSA Minnesota for SAORI)
    • We are the SAORI authorized dealer for SAORI looms, books, and equipment.

    Call and reserve a studio right now. 952-393-7985

    SAORI Free-Style Weaving Studio “FUN” is an authorized SAORI looms and accessories dealer of SAKAI Seiki Sangyo Co. Ltd. Osaka, Japan.