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Feature CREATIVE ROOTS T HE NEW Hyogo’s traditional textiles mesmerize the world BANSHU PROJECT P RIEKO SUZUKI ARIS Fashion Week is one of the undisputed top events in the world of fashion. And in January 2014, a wedding dress by French haute couture designer Jean Doucet wowed the crowd. The dress was made of ‘pearly cotton,’ a lustrous white material produced by Ozawa Textile Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Nishiwaki City, Hyogo Prefecture. Jean Doucet bag combining Banshu-ori and Hyogo leather 10 | highlighting japan