About US


With over 70 years of fabric importing experience Nipkow & Kobelt, Inc. (NK Textile) has earned its reputation as a leader and innovator, originally in silk and poly fabrics, more recently in stretch fabrics for dance, costume, gymnastics, cheerleading, and currently in novelty fabrics for manufacturers of fashion apparel and athleisure-wear.

Incorporated in 1946 in New York, NK was the first company to import silk yarn to the U.S at a time when the weaving of the silk base fabrics was done here. In 1950 NK imported the first woven silk fabrics to be dyed and printed here. Later, in the 1950's and 1960's, NK became the first importer of natural silks from India. With the advent of polyester fabrics, NK was first to import dyed and finished poly fabrics from Japan to the U.S.

In 1992 NK developed holographic metallic sequins, as well as holographic glitter, both produced in the US for world-wide distribution.  Later NK developed the ability to transfer holographic foil onto stretch fabric, an innovation that forever revolutionized the character of printed metallic fabrications.

Today, we continue to specialize in stretch and non-stretch novelty fabrics with metallic and sequin finishes that we stock and ship from our warehouses in New Jersey and California.


For manufacturers of fashion apparel who can meet production minimums, we develop custom novelty fabrics. NKActive, our latest line of fabrics, is created by active people for active people. The line is designed for manufacturers of athleisure apparel who are looking for top-quality fabrics with high-modulus and compression. All NKActive fabrics are sewn into garments and are worked out by in-house athletes before earning the NKActive stamp of approval.

At the forefront of fabric innovation, NK provides an array of options to service your fabric requirements.  With sales offices in New York and California, and a supplier base in Asia that is second to none, we can be your best resource for novelty fabrics of almost any kind. We ship to destinations around the world as well as to the US.

With all of this experience and our commitment to excellence in quality and customer service, NK textile should be the number one resource for all of your novelty fabric needs — Look to the best, First!