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Draper Knitting Company, Inc. (Knitting Mill & Testing Lab) Based in Canton, MA, this mill produces high pile sliver knitting, circular knitting and nonwoven stitchbonded fabrics for a variety of products including: paint rollers and buffing pads, performance clothing liners, footwear liners, gloves and air filters. The company creates fabrics that meet any required specifications. Draper also does ASTM and AATCC testing, per customers’ requests. Although not a certified testing lab, Draper will conduct “pre-testing” so the customer can be comfortable that the fabric will pass certified testing. Draper offers the following testing: wash testing, colorfastness, crock testing, abrasion testing, vertical burn, water repellency, tear strength, ball burst, thermal shrinkage and paint roller pick-up and release.

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Daikin America Inc. (Chemical Supplier) Daikin America, Inc, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries, a leading global manufacture of fluorochemical stain protection finishes. In 2007, a new line of protective and repellent products were introduced offering superior fluorine based water and oil repellency and stain release in a C6 platform which enhances the environmental performance of the protective chemistry. Daikin’s Unidyne TechnaGard® Series, provides durability for a broad spectrum of stains and soiling on textiles, carpet, nonwovens, and other substrates. Unidyne TechnaGard®

  DAK Americas (Fiber Producer) This company is one of the largest integrated producers of PET resins in the world and the main producer of polyester staple fibers in the Americas. DAK Americas is headquartered in Charlotte, NC, and is wholly owned by Alfa S.A.B. de C.V. of Monterrey, Mexico.
  Dakine Located in Hood River, OR, this company is a manufacturer of sport packs, travel bags, gloves and apparel for the bike market.
  Dale of Norway (Vertical Manufacturer) Ever since 1879, Dale of Norway has been producing high quality products and is today the largest manufacturer of traditional Norwegian knitwear.
  DAP America, Inc. (Sewing Equipment) For more than a century, Dürkopp Adler and Pfaff Industrial have been recognized around the globe for the most innovative, efficient and reliable sewing machines in the market. As these brands have now joined together, DAP America, Inc. (formerly Du?rkopp Adler America, Inc) is excited to offer this full line of premium, German brands in the Western hemisphere. In order to determine the perfect solution for each specific application and need, DAP America is committed to providing superior service and consulting to its wide-ranging clientele.
  Darlington Fabrics Corporation (Textile Mill) A division of the of The Moore Company Textile Group, Darlington Fabrics is a diverse manufacturing company with deep roots in the textile industry. The history of Darlington Fabrics dates back to the late 1800s. Today, Darlington Fabrics manufactures warp-knit elastic fabrics, and stretch goods for athletic, fashion, swimwear, intimate apparel, medical, and the specialty/industrial markets. More than a century after its founding, Darlington Fabrics continues its long tradition of providing customers with innovative and superior products. Darlington Fabrics

  Datacolor (Color Management Service) Based in Lawrenceville, NJ, Datacolor has a proven family of products helps companies address critical issues by enabling all partners in the textile supply chain to expedite color development and deliver optimum color management, adding significant value to the complex global sourcing process. Powerful and Accurate Textile Color Matching Software for color professionals in dye house labs and production environment, Datacolor MATCH TEXTILE provides enhanced functionality and greater ease of use, for superior first-shot matches and industry demanded recipe corrections, while increasing efficiency in the color development process.
  De Licacy Ind. Co., Ltd. (Fabric Manufacturer) This Tainan City, Taiwan, based company was established in 1982 with “Honesty” and “Trust”. De Licacy is a large manufacturer with integrated operation on twisting, weaving and dyeing, providing the best products to global markets. The main products are fashion and functional piece dyed & yarn dyed fabrics. De Licacy will continue improving added value on products and keep high competitiveness incessantly.
  Deer Creek Fabrics  (Fabric Converter) Deer Creek Fabrics is a Stamford, Connecticut, based technology and customer-driven textile company, supplying innovative knitted fabrics to the outdoor and active performance wear markets. Deer Creek is proud to be a member of the outdoor industry's Green Steps program that supports companies adopting 'Green' practices in their products, policies, and business tactics. Deer Creek Fabrics' sustainable products include. Deer Creek Fabrics

  Design Knit, Inc.  (Textile Mill) Located in Los Angeles, California, Design Knit, Inc. is the knitter of high quality fine and medium gauge single and double knits for the designer and contemporary markets. The company specializes in European quality knits and designs at affordable prices. Design Knits works with a variety of fine, high quality yarns including: Supima cotton, organic cotton, Modal®/Micro Modal® blends, Tencel®, Lycra®/spandex, bamboo, as well as silk, wool, and cashmere blends. Design Knit Fabrics

  Designer Textiles (Textile Mill) Designer Textiles are Merino specialists. We employ people with specific Merino knowledge in every stage of the process, to guarantee the final quality of our Merino wool products. Designer Textiles offer a range of products and services---controlling all of the processes, from fabrics, design and production co-ordination, to a fully labeled and packaged garment. MAPP®

  Devan Chemicals NV Devan Chemicals (Speciality Chemicals for Textiles) Headquartered in Belgium and with offices in the UK, Portugal and the USA, Devan was founded in 1977 and has a strong focus on innovation, research & development and sustainability. Devan is a leading innovator in the fields of protection (flame retardants), performance (odour control & stain release), thermoregulation (PCM’s and cooling technologies such as Moov&Cool®), health & wellness (aromatherapy, R-Vital™ and allergen control) and fibres and yarns (functional masterbatch technologies).
  Devan US, Inc. / Springs Creative Products Group LLC (Textile Chemicals & Testing) The Devan Group develops, manufactures and commercialises high tech and ecologically sound speciality chemicals and processes with added value for the worldwide textile markets. Concern for sustainabilty drives Devan's business development and is reflected in its product range including: Sustainability built-in at product inception, not “end-of-pipe” fixes; Solutions developed for real-world applications, not the niche ecology market; Working with leading research partners and customers to develop new concepts Practical, cost-effective alternatives.
  Difco Performance Fabrics Inc. (Textile Mill) Difco Performance Fabrics Inc. is one of North America's leading manufacturers of flame-resistant fabrics for the protection of firefighters and industrial workers. The company produces high performance technical fabrics supplying special niche market sectors such as coating, abrasives and filtration, and provides innovative approaches to fabric engineering and providing world class solutions. Difco Performance Fabrics Inc. is ISO 9001-2000 certified.
  Dimension-Polyant Founded in 1966, Dimension-Polyant has set the standard as the world’s largest sailcloth producer, with its high-quality products and precision workmanship. Having decades of experience in highly technical sailing fabrics, the company is known for reliable customer care, world-class innovation, and conscious efforts in making products that have as little impact as possible on the environment. Its production facilities are located in Putnam, CT USA and Kempen, Germany. As of 2021, the company is climate neutral. X-Pac®

  Directa Plus Based in in Lomazzo, Italy, Directa Plus is one of the largest producers and suppliers of graphene-based products for use in consumer and industrial markets worldwide. By incorporating Directa Plus’ unique graphene blends, identified by the G+ brand, its customers can enhance the performance of their end products without significantly increasing their cost. Directa Plus graphene-based products are natural, chemical-free, sustainably produced and tailored to specific customer requirements for commercial applications such as smart textiles, tyres, composite materials and environmental solutions.
  DirecTex (Production Component Supplier) Distribution points in Alabama, California, and Colorado; DirecTex is a trusted supplier of fabrics, webbing, plastic metal hardware, and other manufacturing supplies. Having direct access to factories, vendors and production assures that DirecTex delivers reliable excellence in product, service support and distribution to our valued customers. DirecTex also oversees custom projects and delivers required specs in a timely manner, providing hands-on quality regulation through its engineers and labs at our Dong Guan City, China facility. The company's knowledgeable staff with over 200 years of combined experience in the field works to guarantee that its customers' product needs are met to specifications, timetable and budget. DirecTex Products

  Diversitex, Inc. (Woven Textile Mill) Based in Fairfield, NJ, Diversitex began as a jobber and converter of industrial fabrics in 1970. The company soon expanded into military and apparel, quickly establishing itself as a major supplier of camouflage around the world. The company continued its growth with the addition of home furnishings in the 1990s, becoming a leader in the fast-growing casual furniture sector of the market. After 40 years, the company upholds the same high standards as its founder in supplying quality fabrics at the best possible prices. Diversitex holds a unique position in the industry, blending technical know-how with a customer-focused approach to deliver the just right fabric for any application.
  Dovetail Workwear (Workwear Manufacturer) Dovetail Workwear started with three women—two with muddy knees and one knee-deep in textiles. Co-founders Kate Day and Kyle Marie Begley owned a residential design/build landscaping firm in Portland, Ore. called Moxie and Moss Gardening. Digging in the wet, Pacific Northwest soil was uncomfortable, their everyday jeans weren’t up to the task and workwear marketed to women was ill-fitting or in stereotypical colors and styles. When they met client and apparel industry expert Sara DeLuca, the three took things into their own hands, designing and producing the Maven pant to address these shortcomings.
  Dow Chemical Company (Fiber Producer) Dow Fiber Solutions is a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company. Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element” to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in around 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. SILVADUR™

  Dow Corning Corporation Dow Corning provides a comprehensive line of silicone and silane softeners, coatings, finishes, modifiers, binders and process aids for the textile industry, servicing the fashion textile, industrial textile, leather, nonwovens textile markets. Its trademark product is the Dow Corning® Active Protection System, high-performance textiles for impact protection, which is used in high-performance sportswear, medical devices, architecture & construction, industrial & geo fabrics, military & civil defense products. Dow Corning® Active Protection System

  Down Decor Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Down Decor is the manufacturer of the products: Sustainable Down Source™, a global supplier of sustainable bulk down, and DownTek™, a water repellent down that keeps people warm and dry in any environment. The company creates high-quality feather and down products that provide warmth and relaxation through the application of its proven techniques that create quality, comfort, and durable products that its customers are proud to sell.
  DOWNLITE Downlite, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is Americas premiere manufacturer of down and feather, and synthetic bedding products. A descendant of a 100-year-old feather processing company, DOWNLITE began to make down comforters and pillows in the late seventies. Today DOWNLITE is recognized as the leader in quality and service. Its cutting edge development and innovative products are redefining the bedding industry. DOWNLITE searches the globe for the finest fabrics and fills available. The company's quality materials are combined with unsurpassed workmanship in its Cincinnati, Ohio, factory. DOWNLITE's product line has been selectively expanded into unique synthetic fills that perform very closely to down. ACTIV-DRI DOWN™







  Draper Knitting Company, Inc. (Knitting Mill & Testing Lab) Based in Canton, MA, this mill produces high pile sliver knitting, circular knitting and nonwoven stitchbonded fabrics for a variety of products including: paint rollers and buffing pads, performance clothing liners, footwear liners, gloves and air filters. The company creates fabrics that meet any required specifications. Draper also does ASTM and AATCC testing, per customers’ requests. Although not a certified testing lab, Draper will conduct “pre-testing” so the customer can be comfortable that the fabric will pass certified testing. Draper offers the following testing: wash testing, colorfastness, crock testing, abrasion testing, vertical burn, water repellency, tear strength, ball burst, thermal shrinkage and paint roller pick-up and release.

Draper Body Therapy®
Draper Canine Therapy®
Draper Equine Therapy®
Draper Knitting Fabrics
  DSM Dyneema LLC Based in the Netherlands, DSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Ultra High Molecular Weight PolyEthylene fiber branded as Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema® offers maximum strength combined with minimum weight. It is up to 15 times stronger than quality steel and up to 40% stronger than aramid fibers, both on weight for weight basis. Dyneema® fiber floats on water and is extremely durable and resistant to moisture, UV light and chemicals. The applications include ropes/cables/nets for fishing, shipping and offshore industries; safety gloves for the metalworking industry; fine yarns for the medical sector; bullet resistant armor and clothing for police; and the new generation Dyneema® fabrics offer next level innovations for denim, apparel, footwear, sports equipment and lightweight outdoor products and accessories. Cuben Fiber

Dyneema® Fibers & Fabrics

  DUER Vancouver-based DUER creates apparel that fuses performance and style, fashion and function, and comfort and versatility. In 2013, founder Gary Lenett first engineered a pair of jeans that could act as a hybrid across active lifestyles – 5 times stretchier and 30% lighter and stronger than traditional denim. Now, the brand has expanded to men’s and women’s pants, jeans, shirts and jackets, all of which feature technical proprietary fabrics that offer performance benefits such as power stretch, moisture-wicking, breathability and durability – while maintaining the look and feel of premium streetwear. DUER is sold in over 300 retailers in 150 cities across North America and Europe.
  Duofold  (Apparel Manufacturer) In 1906 Duofold began its tradition of innovation with the introduction of the first two-layer thermals. Since that time, Duofold's dedication to innovation has resulted in hundreds of new, high performance products. Innova® MicroFleece

Tibetan Fleece

  DuPont Industrial Biosciences (Fiber Producer/Technology) This company works with customers across a wide range of industries to improve products and make processes more sustainable. Through a unique combination of agricultural, biotechnology, chemical and material science capabilities, coupled with the power of 2,500 talented individuals worldwide, the organization focuses on providing bio-based solutions to meet the needs of a growing population while protecting our environment. Within DuPont Industrial Biosciences, the Biomaterials group focuses on high performance materials derived from renewable sources. This includes a breakthrough bio-based, high performance polymer, Sorona®, that offers unique benefits for both the apparel and carpet industries.

DuPont™ Active Layer

Hytrel® films/fabric laminates



  DuPont Tate & Lyle This company is a joint venture between DuPont and Tate & Lyle to commercialize a new high-performance, renewably sourced biomaterial that will help reduce global dependence on petroleum-based materials. Located in Loudon, Tennessee, with global marketing and sales office is located in Wilmington, Delaware, DuPont Tate & Lyle is the largest global producer of bio-based 1,3-propanediol. On the textile side, the company's Susterra® propanediol is showcased for its high abrasion performance in bio-based synthetic leather coatings, from footwear and handbags to furniture and vehicle interiors. Susterra®

  DuraCord Textiles (Textile Manufacturer) Manufacturer of DuraCord® fabric for the outdoor furniture market, DuraCord Textiles has developed a fabric constructed of man-made industrial yarn that has undergone improvements in the aesthetics and hand. The fabric has been augmented with ultraviolet inhibitors and further anti-microbial enhancements to prevent degradation from outdoor exposure. But it is virtually indistinguishable from cotton. DuraCord® has a cotton-like softness, with durability when left outdoors for long periods.
  DURO Textile Testing (Textile Testing) Based in Fall River, MA, and also known as New World Textile Testing Laboratory, this textile testing lab is DURO Textile’s independent textile testing laboratory. The company tests apparel, industrial, military, outdoor, hospitality, medical and specialty fabrics for abrasion, flammability, colorfastness, xenon weathering, fabric appearance, dimensional change, infrared reflectance, breathability, military specs, cold cracking, and anti-static qualities. Its standards include: AATCC, ASTM, NFPA, Federal Standard 191A, ISO, and JIS. New World is an approved QLL certified Government laboratory.
  Duvaltex (Contract Textile Manufacturer) Based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, Duvaltex is North America’s largest office furniture textile manufacturer and leading protective textiles provider. By enhancing people’s well-being and safety, Duvaltex specializes in the design and production of advanced textile solutions and sustainable textile materials. Duvaltex is committed to changing the way products are made, used and reused, creating value for future generations.
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