Making Jewelry Worthy of Ali'i

Fashion designers from Hawaii are known for excellence of their craft in clothing and jewelry. One such designer Manaola ( has inspired me to blend an ancient pattern I learned that blends 12 cords into a spring like braid. When it comes off the Marudai (Japanese braiding stand) it is a spiral zigzag shape, but when combined with a second braid these two make a beautiful necklace that is similar to the one worn by the man and showcased in the Manaola 2020 website. Here is that ad that inspired me to create the fiber design for hats or as a necklace.