What is Kitenge Fabric
It is an informal fabric – usually a multicolored, dark wax print on a lighter background, made using a traditional batik technique on plain weave cloth that has a firm and well woven selvedge. Stop by our online store to see how we intertwine this incredible African fabric with every day American wear, all while giving back.
Ceiphers and Rachel Olweya, founders of Ceiphers Clothing
Meet the founders
Ceiphers Olweya, from Kenya, and his Chicago-born, Phoenix-raised wife Rachel have produced a collection of inspired creations – intertwining American street wear with African culture by adding a vibrant pop of kitenge fabric to classics like bow ties, dress shirts, pocket tees, and hoodies. These simple flashes of bright Kenyan cotton allow Ceiphers Clothing to stand out from the customary pack with uniquely compelling visuals.
Ceiphers’s grandmother, Salome Olweya, is the true inspiration for Ceiphers Clothing. Married off at a young age, Salome began selling fried donuts and other foods on the side of the road until she saved up enough money to rent out a veranda. In that veranda, she trained herself to tailor and knit. Salome didn’t stop there – she began teaching other women in her community to sew. Through education, inspiration, and empowerment, Salome Olweya was able to better her own community. In 1984, Salome Olweya co-founded Nyaburi Integrated Primary School, a school that caters to children with disabilities. In honor of her legacy of philanthropy, for every item purchased Ceiphers Clothing donates $1 to Nyaburi Primary School in Kenya. Donations are used to purchase wheel chairs, crutches, and school supplies for the students.
Nathan (grandfather), Ceiphers, and Salome Olweya (grandmother)