|Welcome to Dicey Fabrics, Incorporated.
Dicey Fabrics enters the twenty-first century as one of the most technologically advanced textile
operations in the United States. We design, manufacture and sell only full rolls of upholstery fabrics
to most of the nations leading furniture manufacturers, jobbers and pillow manufacturers.
Located in the foothills of North Carolina, Dicey was founded in 1957 by the late Paul M. Neisler,
Sr., a member of one of North Carolina's pioneer textile families whose roots date back to 1860.
Dicey is the largest family owned vertical upholstery manufacturer under one roof, in the United
States. About 30-40 colors of yarn are manufactured. Dicey makes its own taslan, chenille and
bouclé yarns, produces its own warps and manufactures upholstery fabric on Dornier jacquard and
dobby looms. Dicey has three tenter frames for finishing the goods and a Biancalani tumbling
machine used to soften fabrics.
Dicey has just produced its first line of certified organic cotton upholstery fabrics as well as some
fabrics that are organic cotton and bamboo blends. The first collection includes over 80 skus in a
mix of all natural undyed chenilles and textures along with many dobbies and textures that have
fiber reactive yarn-dyed fillings. We have produced this line in response to the numerous requests
from our furniture manufacturers to produce more environmentally responsible fabrics. People are
asking for organic cotton upholstery fabrics and the availability is limited to a few e-tailers. There
are a few companies who are pigment printing on organic cotton sateen and selling the collections
on-line and through designer showrooms, but the price per yard is upwards of $80-$100/Lyd for
pigment printed organic cotton, Dicey’s line is truly heavy duty upholstery fabric and value priced
compared with existing offerings.
The principals of Dicey got together back in October 2007 with its textile designer to discuss the
possibility of producing an organic cotton upholstery fabric line. They also tossed around the idea
of producing just a 100% recycled polyester line of fabrics. At the end of the discussion, they were
convinced that they needed a completely natural and organic line, too. They were skeptical about
all of the claims from companies that their products were green and all agreed that “green” is a
nebulous, albeit trendy catchall, that doesn’t require qualification or 3rd party certification about
the healthfulness of the product for people and the environment. They also decided that the
fibers and yarn spinning must be done geographically close to the weaving facility and the
customers in order to reduce the carbon footprint, support the domestic economy and support the
troubled U.S. textile manufacturing industry.
Dicey also made two other decisions. On is that they would contact an industry veteran who would
guide them in doing everything according to the internationally accepted Global Organic Textiles
Standards. The other is that they would query U.S. based company that used organic cotton home
furnishings fabrics to determine what was missing in the marketplace and to help them understand
the psychographics of the marketplace. During this process, Dicey became more excited and
committed to the philosophies and values that this niche marketplace embraces.
Dicey knew that this would be a huge financial investment and a big risk, given the expenseof
producing certified organic fabrics and understanding that the average furniture manufacturer, as
well as their retailers, weren’t willing to pay more than a small percentage more for certified
organic cotton product because they were dubious about the consumer’s willingness to do so.
Still, Dicey decided to proceed and that they would support the domestic textile industry. All of the
organic cotton is grown in Texas and certified by the Texas Dept. of Agriculture (TDA).
Dicey has in-house spinning facilities and this is where they processed the yarns. Dicey also has in-
house yarn dyeing, weaving and finishing equipment and used them for these processes.
They segregated an entire section of the facility for the organic production, packaging and storage
as required by G.O.T.S. They used only fiber-reactive dyes, as approved by G.O.T.S. Every step
of the way, they paid attention to the details with regards to eco packaging, recycled papers with
soybean inks and minimizing waste and natural resource costs. (The latter three had been
standard practice previously.)
Dicey has since launched a collection of fabrics that is 100% recycled polyester, woven with Eco-fil
polyester yarns which originate from post-consumer plastic bottles. The fabrics are just now being
distributed in the marketplace and Dicey is enjoying a tremendous response to this collection. It is
priced very competitively for such a fabric and Dicey is working with volume manufacturers to
educate them about the collection and to show them that they do not have to sacrifice money,
performance and style when producing environmentally thoughtful fabrics.
Dicey Fabrics is proud to be a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Waste Wise
Program. Since 1997 the company has recycled over 90% of its generated solid waste. This is one
of the highest percentages in the textile industry.
Dicey is also a member of The Organic Trade Association and Co-OP America, doing its small part
to promote fair labor practices and pesticide-free fabrics as well as closed loop manufacturing
processes, whereby waste and carbon footprint are minimized.
In many ways, it is very exciting to be part of this revolution, especially in an industry that here in
the States has experienced rapid contraction due to import competition. Maybe a new niche market
for our textiles mills is evolving and it feels good to be a part of a positive movement.