Kuso or Okuso is waste or garbage. In this case, it refers to the waste created in the production of hemp yarn: this kimono was woven from the detritus and crude materials left over from hemp yarn making. This waste, or okuso, was spun into yarn and woven by rural people to make their garments. Most likely the better quality yarn they created from hemp plants was sold to those that could afford it, probably urbanites.
Junko Oki Woky Shoten inspiration Japanese textile artist Junko Oki calls her work ‘Woky Shoten’ meaning ‘free movement of the line to make a simple repetition of work’. Her intricate embroideries have a worn vintage quality with layers of meticulous stitch work creating pathways and pattern